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Fresh Flowers to Last

Addison Reed
April 3, 2023

Welcome springtime, warmer weather, and new beginnings! Here we are in the transition months before summer, where we shake off the winter cool tones and invite in all the warm fuzzy feelings of spring. What better way to bring spring into your home than with a bouquet of fresh flowers? There's nothing quite like a fresh bouquet of flowers to brighten up your home, but it can be frustrating when they start to wilt and fade after only a few days. However, with a few simple maintenance tips and tricks, you can extend the life of your at-home floral arrangements and enjoy them for longer. Let's take a little journey to becoming at home florists this season by taking a look at some of the best ways to keep your flowers looking fresh and beautiful.

Trim the stems

When you first bring your flowers home, it's important to trim the stems at an angle with a sharp knife or scissors. This helps the flowers absorb water more easily and prevents the ends from sealing shut. Bonus points if you trim the stems under running water to prevent air bubbles from forming, which can also block the flow of water.

Change the water frequently

Changing the water in your vase every 2-3 days is a simple but effective way to keep your flowers fresh for longer. Be sure to rinse the vase with hot water and soap each time you change the water to prevent bacteria buildup. Bacteria build up is one of the main reasons why your flowers start to head the flowery grave right there on your counter. This step is super important to giving them the life they deserve! :)

Add flower food

Flower food contains nutrients that help keep your flowers healthy and hydrated. You can find packets of flower food at your local florist or garden center, or make your own by mixing a teaspoon of sugar, a teaspoon of bleach, and a tablespoon of lemon juice into a quart of water.

Keep them away from direct sunlight

While flowers need sunlight to grow, direct sunlight can cause them to wilt and fade more quickly. Keep your floral arrangements in a cool, shaded area away from direct sunlight, heat, and drafts.

Remove wilted flowers

Removing wilted flowers from your arrangement can help prolong the life of the remaining blooms. Be sure to remove any leaves or debris that have fallen into the water as well. This goes back to the bacteria thing! Wilted flowers and leaves in the water can enhance the spread of bacteria! When you go to change the water in your vase every 2-3 days, just go ahead and pull the stragglers out. 

Mist the flowers

Misting your flowers with a spray bottle can help keep them hydrated and looking fresh. Be sure to mist them lightly, as too much moisture can cause mold and mildew to grow.

Choose the right vase

Choosing the right vase for your floral arrangement can make a big difference in how long your flowers last. A vase that is too small or too narrow can cramp the stems and prevent them from absorbing water properly. Choose a vase that is the right size and shape for your flowers, with plenty of room for the stems to spread out.

With just a little bit of extra care and attention, you can extend the life of your at-home floral arrangements and enjoy their beauty for longer. Flowers bring us so much joy and happiness, why not prolong this for as long as we can. If you have made it this far, you are all officially at home, mini-florist. Go forth with your knowledge and enjoy those springtime blossoms!


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