How to keep your flowers healthy

We know that those beautiful flowers that you bring home aren't going to last forever. But, we have 5 easy steps that you can take to keep your cut flowers fresher for longer.

Step 1: Keep your flowers off of the microwave. Not only should you keep flowers off the microwave, but keep them away from hot windows, heating vents, cooking stoves or fireplaces.  This will dry them out quickly.

Step 2: Once you get your flowers home give them a fresh cut.  What does this mean? It means find the sharpest scissors or shears you have and cut the bottom of the flower stem at a 45 degree angle.  This will allow the flowers to drink as much water as they can quickly before the end of the stem closes up. Preferably, you should cut stems under water to prevent any air bubbles from forming.

Step 3: Keep your flowers hydrated.  They drink a lot of water and you should refill the vase with water every day. Every three days you should  replace the old cloudy water with fresh lukewarm water.

Step 4: Remove any leaves below the water line.  Leaves are the first to go and once they start to decay they might create bacteria that will harm your other healthy flowers.

Step 5: Not all of you flowers will die at the same time. Some last longer than other.  As they start to die, pluck the dying flowers from the arrangement. Not only does this keep your arrangement looking fresher longer, but it creates an ongoing creation.


Zamantha York