About Flowers... Care tips for flowers and plants, the flower library, and the hidden meaning in flowers
How to: Make your arrangement last longer.
For floral arrangements... Keep the vase filled or floral foam soaked with water containing a flower food. If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely. If possible, recut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Use warm water when adding water to the vase or refilling it.
Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight. Avoid heating or cooling vents, areas directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. Appliances such as televisions and radiators give off heat, causing the flowers to quickly dehydrate.
For boxed flowers or loose wrapped bunches... If you can't get your flowers into a water and flower food solution right away, keep them in a cool place. Fill a clean, deep vase with water and add the flower food, following the directions on the package.
For all arrangements... Remove any leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in the water will promote bacterial growth, causing the flowers to wilt quickly.
Recut stems with a sharp
knife. Do this underwater, in warm water. This allows the stems to draw in water
instead of air. Then place the flowers in the vase solution you've prepared. When
using woody stems and branches (such as forsythia, quince or lilac), cut the stem
with sharp pruning shears.