For floral arrangements:
• Keep the vase
filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food
provided by your florist. Flower foods make flowers last longer but it
is important to
follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. Most packets are
to be mixed
with either a pint or a quart of water. Flower foods should not be diluted
water than is specified on the packet.
• If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely
with properly mixed
flower food solution. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two
inches with a
sharp knife. Be sure to use a sharp knife or clippers that will not crush
Immediately place the stems into solution.
• Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away
from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling
fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. (Appliances like televisions
give off heat, which causes flowers to
dehydrate.) Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.
For loose bunches or boxed flowers:
• Keep your flowers in a cool place
until you can get them in a flower food solution.
Don't forget how important it is to follow the mixing directions on the
• Fill a clean (washed with a detergent or antibacterial cleaning
solution), deep vase with water and add a flower food from your florist.
• Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water
will promote bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by
• Re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife.
Place the flowers in the vase solution you've prepared.
• If you purchase loose flowers for your own arrangements you should
also consider these tips:
- When selecting flowers, look for flowers with upright, firm petals and
buds beginning to open. Yellow, spotted or drooping leaves are signs of
- When using woody stems and branches (such as quince, forsythia or lilac),
cut the stem with sharp pruning shears. Place them in warm water containing
fresh flower food to promote flower opening.