Cut flowers are a beautiful addition to any home or event, but they can quickly wilt and wither if not properly cared for. If you want to make your cut flowers last as long as possible, there are a few tips and tricks you can follow to extend the life of your cut flowers.
Cut the stems properly
When you bring your flowers home, the first thing you should do is cut the stems at an angle with a sharp floral knife or pair of scissors and immediately submerge stems in lukewarm water. Cutting on an angle helps the flowers drink water more easily over a wider surface space. You should also remove any leaves that will be submerged in water as they can rot and cause bacteria to grow. We call this “Conditioning” your florals
Use the right vase
Choosing the right vase for your flowers can make a big difference in their lifespan. The vase should be clean and tall enough to support the stems. The mouth of the vase should also be wide enough to allow air to circulate around the flowers.
Add flower food
Most cut flowers come with a packet of flower food. This is a mixture of nutrients and preservatives that will help your flowers to last longer. Be sure to follow the instructions on the packet when mixing the food with water. Short on Floral food? – Here is my easy at home version you can make yourself.
Change the water regularly
To keep your flowers fresh, you should change the water in the vase every two days. When you change the water, be sure to cut the stems again to ensure they can absorb the new water.
Keep the flowers away from heat
Heat can cause flowers to wilt more quickly, so it’s important to keep them away from direct sunlight, heaters, or drafts.
Mist the flowers
Some flowers, such as roses and hydrangea, benefit from being misted with water. This will help to keep them hydrated and prevent the petals from drying out.
Consider using floral foam
If you’re creating a floral arrangement, consider using floral foam to help keep the flowers in place. Floral foam can also help to keep the flowers hydrated.
With a little bit of care and attention, you can make your cut flowers last much longer and you can enjoy your beautiful blooms for days or even weeks.