Clean Vase or Container
Start with a clean vase or container to prevent the growth of bacteria that can shorten the life of your flowers.
Use warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly before filling with fresh water.
Trim the Stems
Using sharp scissors or shears, trim about an inch off the bottom of each stem at a 45-degree angle.
This helps the flowers better absorb water and nutrients.
Remove Excess Leaves
Remove any leaves that will be submerged in water, as they can promote bacterial growth.
Leave a few leaves near the top for an attractive arrangement.
Use Flower Food
Add flower food to the water in your vase to provide essential nutrients and prolong the life of your flowers.
Follow the instructions on the package for the correct amount to use.
Change the Water Regularly
Every 2-3 days, empty the vase and replace the water with fresh, room temperature water.
This helps prevent the buildup of bacteria and keeps your flowers hydrated.
Keep Flowers Cool
Place your vase of flowers in a cool location away from direct sunlight, drafts, and heat sources.
Heat can cause flowers to wilt and age more quickly.
Mist the Flowers
Lightly mist your flowers with water using a spray bottle to help keep them hydrated.
Avoid misting directly on delicate petals or blooms.
Remove Wilting Flowers
As soon as a flower starts to wilt or fade, remove it from the arrangement.
Wilting flowers can release ethylene gas, which can cause other flowers to age more quickly.
Avoid Fruits and Vegetables
Keep your flowers away from fruits and vegetables, as they release ethylene gas, which can shorten the life of your blooms.
Store your flowers in a separate area to prevent exposure.
Preserve with Hairspray
If you want to preserve a special flower or arrangement, lightly spray it with hairspray to help it retain its shape and color.
Hold the hairspray about 12 inches away from the flowers and apply a light, even mist.
By following these simple steps, you can prolong the life of your cut flowers and enjoy their beauty for much longer.