Flower Care & Preservation Guide

Many people are often frustrated by how short-lived a floral bouquet may be once they get it home. Fresh cut flowers are living entities that can be encouraged to last much longer under the right conditions. Most floral arrangements last 4-7 days or longer, depending on the flowers used and the care they receive. Here are a few tips for longer-lasting, more vibrant flowers:

  • Keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food provided by your florist. Flower foods make flowers last longer but it is important to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. Most packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of water. Flower foods should not be diluted with more water than is specified on the packet.

  • If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely with properly mixed flower food solution. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Be sure to use a sharp knife or clippers that will not crush the stems. Immediately place the stems into solution.

  • Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, which causes flowers to dehydrate.) Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.

  • Change the floral water entirely every 2-3 days.

  • Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by the flower.

  • Avoid sitting your flowers beside ripening fruit or vegetables, especially bananas and apples.

  • After you throw out your last arrangement, be sure to wash the vase/container very thoroughly in hot soapy water.

  • Keep your flowers away from heat and bright light