Two of the top questions Americans ask when purchasing flowers are "How do
I take care of them?" and "How long will they last?"
From a single bud, to a small bunch to an abundant arrangement, just a little
extra care can make a big difference. Most floral arrangements last from 4 to
7 days, depending on the type of flowers used and the type of care they receive.
Here are some specific tips to keep your flowers looking beautiful:
For floral arrangements...
Keep the vase filled or floral foam soaked with water containing a flower
food. If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely. If possible,
recut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Use warm water when
adding water to the vase or refilling it.
Keep flowers in a cool
spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight. Avoid heating or
cooling vents, areas directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or
radiators. Appliances such as televisions and radiators give off heat, causing
the flowers to quickly dehydrate.
For boxed flowers or
loose wrapped bunches... If you can't get your flowers into a water and flower
food solution right away, keep them in a cool place. Fill a clean, deep vase with
water and add the flower food, following the directions on the package.
For all arrangements...Remove any leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in the
water will promote bacterial growth, causing the flowers to wilt quickly.
Recut stems with a sharp
knife. Do this underwater, in warm water. This allows the stems to draw in water
instead of air. Then place the flowers in the vase solution you've prepared. When
using woody stems and branches (such as forsythia, quince or lilac), cut the stem
with sharp pruning shears.