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How Can I Make Flowers Last Longer?
Certain varieties of cut flowers last longer than others. Carnations, for example, can remain vibrant for long periods. Roses have a shorter vase life, but are valued for their delicate, tender beauty. When buying flowers, be sure to ask how long the arrangement is expected to last. Whatever variety you choose, a little nurturing will prolong the freshness of your arrangement. Here are a few useful tips:
Essentials For Your Flowers
Keep them in a cool place (65 to 72 Fahrenheit; 18 to 22 Celsius), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, direct drafts from a ceiling fan, and the tops of electronics that may cause dehydration.
Keep the floral foam soaked in water containing floral food, provided by your florist. Keep the vase filled with water containing floral food provided by your florist. Be sure to follow the directions on the package.
If the solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely. If possible, cut the stems by removing one to two inches.
Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in the water promote bacterial growth that can harm the flowers.
When Your Flowers Have Woody Stems and Branches
(such as Quince, Forsythia, or Lilac) Cut the stem with sharp pruning shears. Place in warm water containing fresh floral food.
What Is Floral Food and Why Use It?
Floral food is a combination of additives that help to nourish the flowers and discourage bacteria from growing 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 harm to your arrangement.