Keep your flowers in a cool place
until you can get them in a flower food solution.
Don't forget how important it is to follow the mixing
directions on the flower food packet.
Re-cut stems by removing one to
two inches with a sharp knife. Place the flowers
in the vase solution you've prepared.
Fill your vase as high as you
can with lukewarm water for most flowers, but if
you are handling bulbs such as tulips or daffodils,
it is best to use cold water
Change the water in your vase
every two to three days as opposed to simply adding
more. This is the most important proactive measure
to take in order to help keep your flowers living
When the florist gives you a packet
of ingredients to add to your water, use it, as
it is meant to offer "life support" to
It is best to keep your flowers
out of direct sunlight and in a cool environment
When your flowers start to lose
their luster, instead of giving up on all of them,
rearrange then and throw out the dying flowers and
move the live stems into a smaller vase
Fill a clean (washed with a detergent
or antibacterial cleaning solution), deep vase with
water and add a flower food from your florist.
Remove leaves that will be below
the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial
microbial growth that may limit water uptake by
It's a tried-and-true way to keep
roses and other cut flowers fresh longer: Put a
crushed aspirin in the water before adding your
flowers. Other household items that you can put
in the water to extend the life of your flower arrangements
include: a multivitamin, a teaspoon of sugar, a
pinch of salt and baking soda, and even a copper
penny. Also, don't forget to change the vase water
every few days.
Everyone likes to keep cut flowers
around as long as possible, and there are several
good methods. One way is to mix 2 tablespoons apple
cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar with the vase
water before adding the flowers. Be sure to change
the water (with more vinegar and sugar, of course)
every few days to enhance your flowers' longevity.
Freshly cut flowers will stay
fresh longer if you add 1/4 teaspoon bleach per
quart (1 liter) of vase water. Another popular recipe
calls for 3 drops bleach and 1 teaspoon sugar in
1 quart (1 liter) water. This will also keep the
water from getting cloudy and inhibit the growth
If the rose starts to droop at
the head, re-cut the stem, wrap the head in paper
to support upright and plunge 5cms of stem into
boiling water for about 30 seconds. Cut the stem
again and place in deep cold water for 2 hours.
Lily pollen can stain. Please
carefully remove lily stamens from any newly opening
blooms and avoid direct contact.
Juice of 1/2 lemon to quart of
water to lower the water's PH and possibly retard