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  • Writer's pictureAndrea McAdow

Prolonging Petal Perfection: Tips for Extending Flower Vase Life

There's nothing quite as delightful as bringing a bouquet of fresh flowers into your home. However, the beauty of those blooms can be fleeting if you don't know how to care for them properly. To ensure your flowers stay vibrant and lively for as long as possible, here are some tips for extending the vase life of your floral arrangements.

Bouquet of local ranunculus and snapdragons grown in Kingman

1. Clean Cut, Fresh Start:

The first step in maximizing the vase life of your flowers is to give them a clean start. Before placing them in a vase, trim the stems at a 45-degree angle. This ensures a larger surface area for water absorption. Use sharp, clean scissors or pruning shears to make the cut, preventing any damage that could inhibit water uptake.

2. Remove Excess Foliage:

Remove any leaves that would be submerged in water. Submerged leaves can lead to bacterial growth, reducing the vase life of your flowers. Keep only the leaves that are above the waterline to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

3. Choose the Right Vase:

Select a vase that suits the height and arrangement of your flowers. Ensure that it is clean and has been washed with mild soap to eliminate any bacteria or residue. A vase with a narrow neck can offer support to delicate stems, preventing them from splaying.

4. Fresh Water Matters:

Change the water in the vase every two days to prevent the growth of bacteria. When changing the water, re-trim the stems to maintain a fresh surface for water absorption. Use lukewarm water, as it is more easily absorbed by the flowers than cold water.

5. Floral Food Magic:

Many floral arrangements come with a packet of floral preservative. Use it! These packets contain a mix of nutrients and antimicrobial agents that can significantly extend the vase life of your flowers. If you don't have a floral preservative, you can make a DIY version by adding a teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of bleach to the water.

6. Mind the Placement:

Keep your flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts, and heat sources. Exposure to these elements can speed up the wilting process. Find a cool, shaded spot that allows your flowers to bask in their beauty without being subjected to harsh conditions.

7. Revive Wilting Blooms:

If you notice some flowers wilting sooner than others, remove them from the arrangement and give their stems a fresh cut. Place them in a separate vase with fresh water to revive them. Sometimes, certain flowers have shorter vase lives than others, and this simple step can extend their beauty.

Cafe au lait dahlias wrapped in paper.

By following these simple tips, you can enjoy the beauty of your floral arrangements for a longer duration. With a little care and attention, your flowers will continue to brighten up your space, bringing nature's vibrant hues into your home. Here's to prolonging the petal perfection of your favorite blooms!

A bonus step: make sure you're buying local, fresh blooms! Buying from your local flower farmer ensures you're getting flowers that were cut recently instead of being shipping from a continent away. They'll last longer, smell better, and have a positive impact on your community! What's more beautiful than that?

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