If you have recently received a bouquet of flowers, you want them to be around as long as possible to enjoy their beauty. Here are a couple tips to help you extend the life of your flower bouquet.
In the evening when you are ready to call it a night, try keeping flowers in your refrigerator to help preserve their freshness. Flowers survive best in colder temperatures between 40-50 degrees. Just make sure your refrigerator is not too cold to where you freeze your flowers.
Remove all leaves from the part of the stem that is submerged under water. You can clean the stems by lightly brushing them with a vegetable brush. This will help the flowers drink as well as keep the water clearer.
Change the water and mist the flowers with water everyday. Keep the flowers out of direct sun and away from heat and drafts. This includes ceiling fans. These things will cause your flowers to wilt quicker.
Lastly, remove any dying flowers immediately. Dying flowers emit ethylene gas that will cause the other, healthy flowers to wilt.
Getting fresh flowers is a real treat – one that you would like to keep fresh for as long as possible. By following these simple directions, you can ensure your flowers will be around for you to enjoy for their longlivity.
When you first get your fresh flowers, choose the vase you intend on putting them into. Fill it with water and add the floral preservative. Do this before you begin trimming your flowers. Cut the stems of your flowers under running fresh clean at a diagonal slant. By cutting them under running water prevents the flowers from “breathing in” air. The slant cut helps them to drink water easier. While the stems are still under running water, trim any foliage off that will be below the water line. Immediately put the flowers into the pre-prepared flower vase. If you need to rearrange, do so quickly limiting the time your flowers stems are in contact with air. Place your arranged flowers in a cool location and keep away from heat sources, drafts, and air conditioners.
Every two to three days repeat the stem cutting process while freshening up the flowers vase water.
By following these easy steps you will be able to enjoy your beautiful fresh flowers for a long time.