5 Simple Steps That Help Fresh Flowers Last

Spring flowers are the perfect pick-me-up for yourself or your sweetie. Make sure your bouquet stays fresh its longest by following these simple steps.

  1. Prepare a solution of warm water and a flower food packet, or mix 2 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice and 1 tbsp sugar per quart of water
  2. Fill a vase with the solution to within 1-2 inches of the rim
  3. Remove any leaves and foliage that would fall under the water line
  4. Cut each stem at about one-half inch from the bottom, at a 45 degree angle, with a sharp single blade knife or floral clippers
  5. Display arrangement in a cool location between 65-72 degrees and away from direct sunlight and heat or dehumidifying sources
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Additional Tips:

  • Roses have an outer layer called "guard petals" that keep the bloom tight and protect the flower during shipping. They may appear discolored or bruised - simply remove these petals and the rose will blossom over the next few days.
  • Lilies will bloom over the course of several days. Remove the pollen to avoid staining. Pollen dust can be removed from the flower petals by lightly brushing with a pipe cleaner. Cut off expired lily blooms as blooms closer to the tip continue to open.
  • Flowers need to be rehydrated after shipment. They will "perk up" after several hours of drinking when cared for according to the instructions above.
  • Top off the water level daily
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What are you tricks for long-lasting flowers?

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