Many of our customers wonder how they can make their fresh flowers last longer. There are certain varieties of flowers that last longer than others. Flowers such as carnations and alstromeria can remain beautiful for long periods. Roses on the other hand have a shorter vase life, but are a favorite due to their classic beauty. No matter what variety you choose, a little extra care can keep your flowers looking fresh longer. Here a few helpful tips that can add days to your blooms.
- Display your flowers in a cool spot (65-72°F is ideal). Avoid putting them in the direct sunlight, near a heating or cooling vent, very cold or very hot drafts, and the tops of televisions, appliances, or radiators. (Appliances give off heat causing the flowers to dehydrate faster.)
- If your flowers are arranged in floral foam, you must keep the foam soaked at all times. Typically you will want to water this arrangement daily or every other day. Always check the inside liner with your finger to see where the water level is. This will prevent spilling or over flowing while you are adding water.
- If your flowers are arranged in a vase, keep the vase filled with water on a daily basis. If the water becomes cloudy, remove the flowers, give them a fresh cut and return them to a vase with clean, fresh water. Always remember to keep any leaves from floating in the water. Leaves in the water will promote bacteria growth that can harm your flowers.
- Regardless of how your flowers are arranged, always use the flower preservative packets or floral food that comes with your flowers. Floral food is a combination of additives that help nourish the flowers and more importantly, discourage bacteria from growing in the water. It is important to read the directions on the packet carefully so that you don’t use too much or too little. Improperly mixed floral food can be more harmful to your flowers than you think.