Lengthen the Life of Your Arrangement.
Two of the top questions asked when purchasing flowers are “How do I take care of them?” and “How long will they last?” Whether it’s a single bud, a small bunch or an abundant arrangement, a little extra care can make a big difference. Most floral arrangements last between 4-7 days, depending on the types of flowers used and the type of care they receive. The Society of Florists suggests these tips for longer-lasting, more vibrant flowers.
For floral arrangements.
Keep the vase filled or floral foam soaked with water containing a flower food provided by your florist. If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely. If possible, re cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Keep flowers in a cool spot and away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or heaters. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, causing flowers to dehydrate.)
For loose bunches or boxed flowers.
If you can’t get your flowers in a flower food solution right away, keep them in a cool place. Fill a clean, deep vase with water and add the flower food obtained from your florist. Be sure to follow the directions on the package. Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial growth. Re cut stems with a sharp knife. Do this underwater — this allows the stems to draw in water instead of air — and place the flowers in the vase solution you’ve prepared.