Whether you receive a bouquet of roses from a special someone, or cut flowers fresh from your garden, you want them to stay fresh and beautiful for as long as possible. Here are some tips and tricks to make your cut flowers last longer!
Once you receive your floral bouquet, give the stems a fresh cut. Cut about 1” off the bottom of each stem, and cut at an angle. This will allow the stem to take up more water. Also, make sure you remove any foliage from the lower parts of the stems that will sit in the water. This will help keep bacteria from growing in the water and degrading the flowers.
Pretty self-explanatory, but be sure to use a clean vase for your flowers. Rinse off any dust or dirt, as this can lead to bacteria in the water.
Fresh flowers need water to last even more than a few hours, but there’s more you can do! Add any of these preservatives to your water to prevent the growth of bacteria and enhance your flowers’ longevity (choose one option below). Change your water every 2-4 days, adding new preservatives each time.
Ever wonder why floral bouquets are kept in a refrigerator at floral shops and grocery stores? It’s because cut flowers last longer, and stay fresher when exposed to cooler temperatures. If you have the space, move your vase of flowers into the fridge at night before going to bed, and take them out again in the morning.
Many people, myself included, like to have fresh cut flowers in the kitchen. However, this could pose a problem if the flowers are placed next to a large bowl of fruits, particularly apples and bananas. Both apples and bananas release ethylene gas, which causes flowers and fruit to ripen very quickly. Take care to site your fresh cut blooms away from fruits, and away from direct heat sources or sunlight.
Follow these tips to enjoy longer lasting blooms…your flowers will thank you!