How can I make my flowers last longer?
Certain varieties of cut flowers last longer than others. Whatever variety you choose, a little TLC will go a long way to keep your blooms looking fresh longer. Here are a few handy tips that can add days to their beauty!
Essentials for your flowers...
Keep in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit; 18 To 22 degrees Celsius), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, direct drafts from a ceiling fan, and the tops of televisions or radiators. (Any type of appliance that may generate heat can cause flowers to dehydrate).
When your flowers arrive in wet foam...
Keep the floral foam soaked in water containing floral food. Be sure to follow the directions on the package. When your flowers are arranged in water... Fill the vase to the top with water containing floral food. Be sure to follow the directions on the package. Keep the vase filled. If the water becomes cloudy, replace it entirely. If possible, recut the stems by removing one to two inches. Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial growth that can harm the flowers.
When your flowers have woody stems and branches such as Quince, Forsythia, or Lilac...
Cut the stem with a sharp pruning shears. Place in warm water containing fresh floral food to promote flower opening.
What is floral food and why use it?
Floral food is a combination of additives that help nourish the flowers and discourage bacteria from growing in the water. It is one of the best and easiest ways to extend the life of your flowers. It is very important to follow the directions on the package correctly. Improperly mixed floral food can do more harm than good.