When you get or give fresh flowers, part of the enjoyment taken in them has to do with the fact that they won’t last forever. A bright, lush floral design will only last so long, but while it does, it gives us so much pleasure and expresses so much. There are a few things you can do to ensure that you get the most out of your flowers and to keep them looking fresh and crisp longer. Stadium Flowers is bringing you our best tips below.
A gorgeous arrangement like Soft Surrounding can last between 5-7 days, though life expectancy varies from flower to flower. There are some simple measures to take to help each one live its fullest life though.
- Keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food provided by your florist. Flower foods provide sugars, balance ph and limit bacterial growth. It is important to follow the mixing directions on the food packet. Most packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of water. Do not dilute with more water than is specified on the packet.
- Check your arrangement daily to make sure it has plenty of clear fresh water. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife or scissors that will not crush the stems. Immediately place the stems into warm solution or deeply and firmly back into floral foam.
- Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or near appliances. Heat from appliances or hot and cold drafts cause flowers to dehydrate.