3 Tips for Keeping Cut Flowers Fresh for Longer

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Do you ever wish those beautiful bouquets would last just a little longer? We’ve all felt that pang of sadness when our fresh flowers start to wilt prematurely. Let’s chat about three easy steps you can take to ensure your flowers stay fresh and fabulous longer than you might expect.

Trim the Stems Properly

This step might be the most important. Before placing your flowers in a vase, cut the stems at a 45-degree angle about an inch from the bottom. This technique increases the surface area of the stem, allowing the flowers to absorb more water. 

Choose the Right Water and Container

The condition of the water and the cleanliness of the container are vital to the longevity of your flowers. Always use clean, room-temperature water for your arrangements. Cold water can shock the flowers, and warm water can encourage bacterial growth. Adding a packet of flower food to the water is another great idea for helping your flowers stay fresh.

Manage Environmental Factors

Did you know that the location of your flower arrangement can impact its lifespan? To keep your flowers fresh for longer, avoid placing them in direct sunlight, near heating or cooling vents, or directly under ceiling fans. These conditions can lead to dehydration and premature wilting.