Below are some helpful tips that will extend the life of your floral arrangement.
- Be sure to keep the floral foam or vase filled with fresh warm water. The flower food provided by your florist should be mixed with the water. You will want to make sure you follow the instructions on the packet. If your water begins to look cloudy and murky, empty the water and replace it with clean water and flower food.
- Keep your flowers away from vents, radiators, on top of televisions, directly under ceiling fans, even sunny windows. This may be contrary to the thinking flowers must need a lot of sun. Excessive heat and the heat from appliances will cause flower dehydration and petals to wilt much faster than normal.
- Make sure your floral arrangement is kept in a cool spot (65 to 75 degrees). Do not set your bouquet near the refrigerator. Refrigerators emits a type of humidity that can harm the flowers. Also, fruits and vegetables release enzymes that can harm them.
- Remove dying flowers daily. Decaying flowers can cause flower-killing organisms, which can clog stem ends also. So promptly remove dying flowers, especially those that set in the container water.
- A good suggestion is to replace the plant material to keep the arrangement looking full and new.
- Cut off at a slant of 1 to 1 1/2 inches of each stem. You will need to use a sharp knife as to not damage the stems.
- Find out any other tips for keeping fresh the specific flowers that you have in your arrangement (i.e. carnations, lilies, hydrangeas, roses).