Nothing lifts a
room like fresh flowers, but they can be expensive. Most floral
arrangements last between 4-7 days, depending on the types of flowers
used and the type of care they receive. The tips for longer-lasting,
more vibrant flowers are:
For floral arrangements
For loose bunches or boxed flowers
- 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, recut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp
- Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away
from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under
ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. (Appliances
like televisions give off heat, causing flowers to dehydrate.)
When Buying 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
- 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.
- When selecting flowers, look for flowers with upright, firm
petals and buds beginning to open. Yellow, spotted or drooping
leaves are signs of age.
- When using woody stems and branches (such as quince, forsythia or
lilac), cut the stem with sharp pruning shears. Place in warm water
containing fresh flower food to promote flower opening.