Extend the Life of Your Arrangement

It is so sad when a beautiful flower arrangement starts to wilt. Slow down this process and keep your flowers looking fresh longer with these expert flower care tips. There are many simple things you can do to enjoy your flowers for as long as possible. Try out these handy tips from our florists and see if your flowers last longer!

Mist your flowers

Keep your flowers hydrated and happy by giving them a mist every few hours.

Avoid the light

After flowers have been cut, sunlight speeds up the process of their decay. Keep your arrangement away from window sills or direct sunlight so they will stay looking fresh.

Feed your flowers

If a packet of flower preservative comes with your arrangement, add it to the water. These preservatives have antimicrobial properties that will kill bacteria and keep your flowers standing tall.

Stay away from extreme temperatures

Keep fresh flowers away from drafts and extreme temperatures, which can quickly dry out your flowers and cause wilting.

Change the water in the vase

All flower and foliage stems should be submerged. Flowers stay fresher, longer when they can get a drink! Watch your water though and make sure that when it gets cloudy you change it out. Here is how to properly change out the water in your flower arrangement.

Remove any dead or dying flowers.

After carefully removing the good flowers, clean the vase thoroughly with soapy water to remove any bacteria that could cause the fresh flowers to deteriorate even quicker.

For best results, cut stems with a sharp knife at an angle about one to two inches from the bottom. This allows them to better absorb water. Do not use scissors to cut your flowers because they can crush the stems and prevent water absorption.

Replace the water and mix in the flower preservative provided by your florist, according to the instructions on the packet.

Place loose stems or wrapped bouquets of fresh flowers in your water mixture as soon as possible.

Now that you know how to properly care for a fresh cut flower arrangement, it’s time for you to get one!

Head to Barefoot Florist today to find beautiful seasonal blooms.