Make Cut Flowers Last

With some daffodils still blooming, the tulips and other flowers that are cut for spring bouquets nearing their blooming stage, I thought a reminder of how to make the bouquets last longer might be in order. Here are some hints to follow.

  • Choose flowers that are showing some color with tight petals. If you cut flowers with the petals wide open, you will only get enjoyment from them for a short time.
  • When you are ready to put the flowers in a vase, make a diagonal 1/2 inch cut on the bottom of the stem. Do this under running water to prevent air from getting into the stem and preventing water movement into the stem.
  • Fill the vase using tepid water and a floral preservative you’ve purchased from a florist before adding the flowers.
  • Keep the bouquet in a cool room, out of direct sunlight, to prolong the life of the flowers.
  • Change the water every 3 to 4 days, or sooner if the water looks cloudy.
  • The cut flowers will have a tendency to bend in the direction of light, so rotate the bouquet 180 degrees every day to keep the flowers upright.
  • Do not place other cut flowers in a vase with daffodils as daffodils causes tulips and other cut flowers to wilt.

Keep your fork

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