10 Tips to Keeping Your Florals Fresh

Posted by Spencer Falls on

Welcome to our guide on maintaining the allure of your floral treasures! Nothing brightens a space like a stunning bouquet, but ensuring their longevity requires a touch of know-how. Here are some tips to keeping your flower arrangements as fresh and vibrant as the day they arrived. From precise stem trimming to the art of water-changing, our pro tips will empower you to prolong the beauty of your blooms. 

1. **Clean Vase:** Start with a clean vase or container. Bacteria in dirty vases can shorten the life of your flowers. Wash the vase with warm, soapy water before placing your flowers inside.

2. **Fresh Water:** Change the water in the vase every 2 days or when it becomes cloudy. Fresh water helps prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

3. **Trimming Stems:** Trim the stems of your flowers at a 45-degree angle before placing them in the vase. This increases the surface area for water absorption, allowing your flowers to drink more effectively.

4. **Remove Foliage:** Remove any foliage that will be submerged in water. Leaves sitting in water can decay and cause bacterial growth, which can shorten the lifespan of the flowers.

5. **Preservative Solution:** Use a floral preservative in the water. These solutions provide nutrients to the flowers and inhibit bacterial growth. You can make your own by mixing sugar, a bit of bleach, and lemon juice in water.

6. **Cool Location:** Display your arrangement in a cool spot away from direct sunlight, heat sources, and drafts. Heat can cause flowers to wilt quickly, while direct sunlight can fade their colors.

7. **Mist Blooms:** Mist the petals and leaves with water to increase humidity around the flowers. This is especially helpful for flowers that thrive in humid conditions.

8. **Re-cut Stems:** Every time you change the water, re-cut the stems of your flowers. This ensures a fresh surface for water absorption.

9. **Rotate the Vase:** Gently rotate the vase every few days. This helps all sides of the arrangement receive equal sunlight exposure and prevents the flowers from leaning toward the light.

10. **Remove Spent Blooms:** As flowers start to fade, remove them from the arrangement. This prevents ethylene gas produced by wilting flowers from affecting the remaining blooms.

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