Most floral arrangements last 4-7 days or longer, depending on the flowers used and the care they receive.
Water..water..water..fresh-cut flowers need water as soon as possible. Don’t leave fresh-cut stems out of water for more than 2 hours.
When putting your cut flowers into water cut the ends again on an angle. For best results, cut stems with a sharp knife at an angle about one to two inches from the bottom. This allows them to better absorb water. Do not use scissors to cut your flowers because they can crush the stems and prevent water absorption. Use lukewarm water so as not to “shock” the flowers.
Be sure to add floral food to the water. Use your hand or a stirring utensil to allow the food to dissolve.
Keep flowers in a shaded area. Flowers’ ideal temperature is between 40 and 50 degrees, flowers are happy at anything under 72 degrees. Beware of drafts from heating and cooling vents or ceiling fans.
Do not place your arrangement near fruit or in the path of cigarette smoke. The ethylene gas is detrimental to many flower types.
Don’t allow any leaves or blooms under the water line as this will promote bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by the flower. Pinch or trim off wilted blossoms and dead leaves.
Flowers need fresh water. Refresh water each day and change it every other day. Clean the vase thoroughly with soapy water to remove any bacteria that could cause the fresh flowers to deteriorate even quicker. Be sure to rinse thoroughly. Remember to add flower food each time the water is changed. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. A fresh cut allows the flower stem to continue to absorb water.