How To: Keep Flowers Fresh Longer
What You Need
Follow These Five Easy Steps
The flower food packet bundled with most bouquets works magic. Empty it into a vase, then add enough water to fill the vase three-quarters of the way.
Use the scissors to cut the ends of the flowers at a 45-degree angle; this will allow more water to be absorbed.
Pick off any foliage that will fall below the waterline—this is prime bacteria breeding ground. Bacteria in the water shortens your flowers’ life span.
Working with only a few flowers at a time, arrange them as you desire.
Tip: Keep flowers away from direct sunlight and heat sources, which will cause the water to evaporate more quickly and your flowers to wilt.
Every few days, change water, trim stems, and add a little flower food. No flower food on hand? Substitute a solution of 1 quart warm water, the juice of half a lemon, 1 teaspoon sugar, and a few drops of bleach.