Fresh flowers are one of the best ways to add color and life to your home. Sending flowers to a friend or loved one is also a classic way to show you care. If you have just been surprised by a flower delivery or if you have ordered flowers for yourself, you will want to make sure they last as long as possible. Most flower arrangements can bring joy for many days with the proper care. Keep reading to learn easy tips on how to keep flowers alive longer.
The Right Location
Where you will place the flowers in your home will be an important part of how long they last. You will want to place your flowers away from drafts or extreme temps. This can dry out the flowers more quickly, reducing their lifespan.
You also want to make sure your flowers are not near fruit or cigarette smoke as the gases these give off will kill the flowers.
Although it may be tempting, you actually should not place flowers on a windowsill. Full sun will cause cut flowers to wilt.
The Right Care
You can keep your flowers looking fresh longer with these care tips.
Keep your vase filled with water. There should be enough water to cover all flower stems and foliage stems. You should remove dead or wilted leaves or blooms immediately. This allows more water and nutrients to get to the healthy flowers. Keep an eye on the water.
If you notice the water turning cloudy or murky, you will need to change it. It helps to use a clear vase.
To change the water correctly you should follow these steps. You will want to carefully remove the good flowers. Clean your vase to remove bacteria. If you notice any of the stems of the flowers feeling slimy or looking discolored, you may want to wipe them down gently with a wet cloth as well. Bacteria can start to grow in the vase and on the stems of the flowers. This bacteria will shorten the lifespan of fresh flowers. Once you have replaced the water, you will want to mix in a flower preservative. You should replace the flowers in the fresh vase as soon as possible.
If you would like to learn more about flower care or if you are in need of fresh-cut arrangements, please contact us at It’s Just For You Flower Delivery, providing local flower deliveries to Houston, TX, and the surrounding areas.