Extend the life of fresh flower bouquets

Extend the life of fresh flower bouquets

A fresh flower bouquet can bring a smile to your face and add some cheer to any room, and proper care can help extend the life of the bouquet. While cut flowers do have a much shorter lifespan than potted plants or flowers, there are some steps you can take to keep them looking great for as long as possible.

Avoid direct sun, drafts, or temperature changes

When choosing where to place your cut flower bouquet, choose a spot that’s protected from direct sun, drafts, or rapid temperature changes. Flowers do best if kept in a somewhat cool spot. Placing them in direct sun or near a heat source can cause the blooms to open and wilt faster.

Watch the water level and remove spent blooms

For a fresh flower arrangement in a vase, all stems should be submerged in water so both flowers and foliage can get a drink. It’s amazing how fast a vase of fresh flowers can drink water, so be sure to check the water level daily and top off as needed. If your flowers are in a basket or a container with foam, add fresh water every day. Remove any dead or wilting leaves and stems from fresh flower arrangements regularly.

Change the water when it gets cloudy

When the water in a vase begins to get cloudy, it’s time to change it. Remove any dead or dying flowers and carefully remove the arrangement from the vase. Clean the vase with soap and water to remove any bacteria and rinse thoroughly. Fill the vase with fresh water and add a flower preservative mix, if available, according to package instructions. Cut the stems with a sharp knife one to two inches from the end to allow the flowers to better absorb water, and then return the stems to the vase.

With these few simple tips, you can extend the life of your fresh flower bouquets and enjoy their beauty even longer.

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