- Cut all of the stems. You’ll want to pay special attention to woody stems, like the ones on roses. Cut a 45 degree angle with sharp scissors or a knife, about half an inch from the bottom of the stem. Once all stems are cut, place them into deep, fresh, cool water.
- Any foliage that is below water level will more than likely fall off into the water where it will rot. By cutting off any foliage below water level, you will lengthen the life of your beautiful arrangement.
- Unless your vase is crystal, you’ll want to use bleach or vinegar to ensure the cleanliness. If your arrangement from Peachtree Petals arrives in a vase, you can rest assured it meets this cleanliness standard, but if you want to use it again, we recommend cleaning it with bleach or vinegar, drying it completely, and storing it in a dry place.
- Every two days you will want to change the water, clean the vase, and cut the stems again. While this may sound like a lot of work, you will see a significant increase in the life of your arrangement by completing these simple tasks.
- I'm sure you've heard not to keep your flowers in a warm area (like your car), but keeping them in an area that is too cold is just as damaging. While a cool area may help your blooms last longer, very cold temperatures (in a car overnight in December, for example) can be just as hazardous.
- Store flowers away from direct sunlight. Putting your flowers in a window can act like a greenhouse and shorten their lifespan.
- If flowers begin to look limp, recut the stems by a couple of inches, put them in deep cool water up to their necks, and store them in a dark place for a few hours. This should be enough to noticeably rejuvenate your arrangement. Rearrange your stems when you’re ready to display them again.
- If roses start to go soft or limp around the neck, wrap them in paper so they stand straight. Next, you’ll cut off an inch or so at the bottom and in a heat proof container, stand them in two inches of boiling water for two to three minutes. Then, while they’re still in the paper, cut again just half an inch off of the bottom and put in deep cool water up to their necks. Store them in a dark cool place for a few hours and they should be standing again.
- Flowers that have many blooms on one stem, like freesias and lilys, will last longer when you remove the older flowers that have begun to wilt. Simply cut them using a pair of sharp scissors where the flower meets the stalk.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Flower Lasting Tips
Atlanta's Florist, Peachtree Petals, you can expect the highest quality flowers to arrive. Our FTD Master florists pride themselves on this superior quality and would like for you to enjoy your new arrangement for as long as possible. Here are some guidelines to follow to ensure your gorgeous arrangement lasts.