Two of the top questions Americans ask when purchasing flowers are "How long will they last?" and "How do I take care of them?"
From a single bud, to a small arrangement to an abundant floral display, just a little extra care can truly make a big difference. Most floral arrangements will last from 4 to 7 days, depending on the types of flowers used and the type of care they receive. Some will last even longer! Here's some specific tips to keep your fresh flowers looking beautiful:
For floral arrangements...
Keep the vase filled or floral foam soaked with water containing the provided flower food. If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace the water completely. If possible, recut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife, shears or sharp sissors. Use warm water when adding water to the vase or refilling it.
Keep flowers in a cool area (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight. Avoid areas directly under ceiling fans, heating or cooling vents or on top of televisions or radiators. Appliances such as radiators and televisions give off heat, which will cause the flowers to dehydrate very quickly.
For boxed flowers or loose wrapped bunches...
If you can't get your flowers into a water and flower food solution within a short time, keep them in a cool place. Fill a clean, deep vase with water and add the included flower food, following the directions on the package. If you need to clean the vase prior to use, be sure to remove completely any cleansers used and dry thoroughly.
For all arrangements...
Remove any leaves that will be below the waterline. Allowing leaves in the water will promote bacterial growth, and the flowers will wilt quickly.
Recut the stems with a sharp knife. If possible, do this underwater, in warm water. This allows the stems to draw in water instead of air. Then place the flowers in the vase solution you've prepared. When using woody stems and branches (such as forsythia, quince or lilac), it will be easiest to cut the stems with sharp pruning shears.