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Flower Care

Just a little extra care to your fresh cut flowers can make a big difference. Most fresh flower arrangements last from 4 to 7 days, depending on the type of flowers used and the type of flower care they receive.

Tips for caring for fresh flowers:

  • Keep the vase filled or floral foam soaked with water containing a flower food.
  • If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely.
  • If possible, re-cut the flower stems by removing about an inch with a sharp knife.
  • Remove any leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in the water will promote bacterial growth, causing the flowers to wilt quickly. .
  • Keep fresh flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight.
  • Avoid placing your flowers near heating or cooling vents, areas directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators.
  • Appliances such as televisions and radiators give off heat, causing the fresh cut flowers to quickly dehydrate.

Tips for caring for fresh flowers boxed or in loose wrapped bunches:

  • If you can't get your fresh cut flowers into a water and flower food solution right away, keep them in a cool place.
  • Fill a clean, deep vase with water and add the flower food, following the directions on the package.
  • Re-cut flower stems with a sharp knife. Do this underwater, if possible. This allows the stems to draw in water instead of air.
  • Then place the fresh flowers in the vase solution you've prepared.
  • When using woody stems and branches (such as forsythia, quince or lilac), cut the flower stem with sharp pruning shears.