We are often asked how long our flowers will last once they go home. The answer? It all depends on how well they are cared for! With a little extra attention and TLC, your flowers can bloom for up to 10-12 days. Here are a few tips to help them thrive:
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Cut flowers love fresh water, so if you only do one thing to keep your flowers blooming, change out the water every other day. For bouquets designed using floral foam, simply grab the foam with both hands and lift it out of the vase. Run cool water over the foam for 45-60 seconds and let the excess water drip out. When rehydrating flowers in a vase, grab your scissors and cut the stems at a 45 degree angle. This will open up more surface area of the fleshy part of the stem, which helps with water absorption.
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Keep it Fresh
Bacteria is the primary cause of flowers dying out faster than they should and it’s important to prune your flowers regularly. Different flowers have a different vase life, so some will begin to wilt faster than others. As certain blooms begin to deteriorate, remove them so they don’t impact the rest of the arrangement. Additionally, check each stem for stray foliage. Leaves submerged in water quickly grow bacteria, so clean stems will lead to happy flowers.
Placement is Key
Have you ever noticed that your bouquet wilted a lot faster when it was placed next to a window or in direct sunlight? While flowers in the garden love the San Diego sunshine, our bouquets with cut flowers aren’t so happy. Find a cool, shaded place in your home away from warm appliances to display your arrangement and you’ll have a few extra days of beautiful blooms!
Flower Food…Necessary or Over the Top?
We’ve all unwrapped that grocery store bouquet only to realize the flower food wasn’t included and felt as though the arrangement was doomed. Fear not–while flower food can be helpful, it’s not as crucial as the industry may want you to think. Most packets include just 3 ingredients–citric acid to lower the water’s pH levels for peak absorption; sugar, to feed the flowers; and bleach, to fight bacteria. While many studies show that flower food can help your bouquet’s longevity, there are several other ways to achieve the same results. You can make your own flower food with basic kitchen supplies (we love this article, which includes recipes!) or simply be diligent in changing out the water.
By adding these tips into your daily routine, your blooms will stay fresh and beautiful! Want some additional suggestions and recommendations? Join us for a workshop or shoot us an email!