Following these 6 easy flower care tips... will help to
increase the longevity of your fresh cut flowers.
How can I make my flowers last longer?
varieties of fresh cut flowers last longer than others. Carnations, for example...
can remain vibrant for long periods. Roses have a shorter vase life, but are
prized for their special and delicate beauty. When buying flowers, be sure
to ask your florist how long you should expect your arrangement to last.
Whatever variety you choose, a little TLC will go a long way to keep your
flowers looking fresh longer.
Essentials for your flowers...
Keep your flowers in a cool area, 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Place
your flowers out of direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, and direct drafts
from the sides or above. Don't place your flowers on anything that gives off
heat such as TV's or heating radiators. Avoid leaving your flowers in the
When your flowers arrive in wet Oasis foam...
Keep the floral foam soaked with water containing floral food. The
floral shop should provide and extra packet with your arrangement. Be sure to follow the instructions on the floral
When your flowers are arranged in water...
Keep the vase filled with water containing floral food provided by the
florist. Be sure
to follow the instructions on the floral food packet.
If the water in the vase becomes cloudy... replace the
entire contents of the vase with fresh water and new floral food. Re-cut the
stems with a sharp knife removing 1" to 2" of the stem. Remove any
leaves that will be below the water line to discourage bacterial growth
that can clog the stem of the flowers.
When your flowers have woody stems and branches...
Cut the stems with sharp pruning shears. Place the stems in tepid water
containing fresh floral food... to promote flower opening.
Why use floral food... and what is it?
is a combination of ingredients that help to nourish the flowers and
discourage bacteria growth 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. Improperly mixed floral food can do
more harm than good!