When you receive flowers for any occasion — like a birthday, wedding, or anniversary — you want them to stay healthy and beautiful for as long as possible. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to extend their lifespans. Here are three tips to keep fresh-cut blooms looking brand new.
How to Keep Flowers Looking Fresh
1. Avoid Bacteria
A dirty vase or murky water can introduce fungus or bacteria to your plants. In the wild, a root system acts like a filter to keep plants healthy. Since fresh flowers are cut at the stem, they no longer have natural protection from harmful microorganisms. Wash and rinse the container you want to use before submerging the stems, and use filtered or boiled and cooled water for the best results.
2. Do Some Trimming
If the florist cut the stems straight across, recut them at an angle. This opens up additional surface area on the stem, which allows the plant to absorb water more easily. Use a sharp blade to cut through the stem smoothly without crushing it. You should also trim off any leaves that will be immersed in water in the vase, as the exposure to liquid will cause them to rot and promote bacterial growth. Be sure to cut or pluck the leaves gently so you don’t injure the stem.
3. Feed & Water
Make sure the water level is high enough to submerge at least 2/3 of the length of the stems at all times for maximum water absorption. If the water begins to look cloudy, empty the vase, rinse it out, and refill it with fresh, clean water. If the florist provided you with flower food or a preservative, add the appropriate amount as often as needed according to the included instructions.
If you’re looking for fresh-cut flowers, visit Forget Me Not Flower Shop in North Haven, CT. This family-owned and -operated business was founded in 1977. They offer fine flower arrangements for any occasion, including weddings, holidays, and proms. In addition to flowers, they provide unique fruit and gourmet gift baskets. Call (203)-248-7589 to place an order, or visit them online to view their bouquets.