How To Make Your Cut Flowers Last Longer

Flowers are a bright and cheerful gift for any occasion. A bouquet of bright blooms can bring cheer to any space and leave a lasting impression, even after they’re gone. Whether you've sent or received flowers, you'll want them to be enjoyed for as long as possible. Fresh cut flowers don't last forever so follow these tips ensure the longevity of your flowers.

Replace the water. Replacing the old water will not only make the bouquet look nicer but it will keep the water clean, hydrating the flowers with only the freshest water instead. To keep the flowers the longest possible, we recommend replacing the water every day.  Even add a few ice cubes to the water adds a cooling effect. 

Keep cut flowers out of direct sunlight and away from any drafts. Fresh flowers near appliances that generate heat, open windows, heating or cooling vents and ceiling fans can cause the flowers to quickly dehydrate. You also shouldn’t display your bouquet near fruit. That’s right, ripening fruits release tiny amounts of ethylene gas which can reduce the longevity of your fresh arrangement. 

Remove all the leaves below the water line. Leaves sitting in water will cause bacteria to grow, shortening the flower's lives. Make sure to re-check on the flowers to remove any dead leaves or petals to keep each bloom healthy.

Cut the Stems. One of the most common mistakes people make after receiving flowers is forgetting to cut the stems. Use garden shears to trim one to two inches off and cut at an angle. Cutting the stems at an angle allows for better water intake since they aren’t sitting flat on the bottom of a vase. After the initial cut, be sure to re-trim your bouquet once every few days.

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