Tips For Making Your Bouquet Last Longer

Michael Delano thumbnail Michael Delano | January 31, 2018

If you’re like most people, you love getting flowers. There’s just something about receiving flowers from that special someone on any occasion, whether they are birthday flowers or apology flowers. Receiving flowers makes 80% of Americans feel happy, and 88% of Americans say that giving flowers to people also makes them happy.

Seeing beautiful fresh bouquets in the house is a lovely sight. Unfortunately, these flowers don’t always last long. But there are ways you can make your bouquets last longer! Let’s examine a few tips.

Initial Care
So your flower delivery just arrived, now what? Believe it or not, where you place your flowers is important and can affect their lifespan. You want to keep your bouquet away from any drafts or extreme temperatures. The harsh air can dry out the plant and cause wilting. You may not realize it, but removing the plastic around the bouquet immediately can help increase the shelf life of your flowers.

Ethylene gas from things like cigarettes or fruit can seriously damage flowers. Keep them out of the way of this gas to help them last longer. Lastly, place your flowers in cool conditions and away from the windowsill. Many flowers will wilt due to overheating, so keep them out of the sun.

Watering Your Bouquet
As we all know, keeping your flowers watered is essential for keeping them alive. However, it’s not as simple as filling the vase often. All of the stems in the bouquet should be submerged in water. Fresh water should be added every day. If the water is getting cloudy, it’s time to dump all the old water and change it out completely.

It is important to remove any dead leaves, stems, or flowers from the bouquet. The dead or dying elements of the flower carry bacteria that could cause the fresh flowers to deteriorate even quicker. Once they are removed, make sure to wash out the vase completely and thoroughly.

The mix preservative provided by the florist should always be replaced when the water is changed. To make sure the flowers are properly nourished, cut the stems at an angle to allow better absorption.

The next time your loved one sends you some flowers, remember these tips to keep your arrangement looking beautiful and fresh for as long as possible.

Originally seen at Open Blooms.

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