Whether you’re purchasing a single bud, to a small bunch or an abundant arrangement, you want to be able to enjoy the beauty as long as possible. And the good news is, just a little extra care can make a big difference. Most floral arrangements last from 4 to 7 days, depending on the types of flowers used and the type of care they receive.
How to: Make your arrangement last longer.
All Tipton & Hurst flower arrangements come in special water containing plant food. We supply flower food packets to the recipient for replacement water.
Remove any leaves that will be below the water line. Leaves in the water will promote bacterial growth, causing the flowers to wilt quickly.
Recut stems with a sharp knife. Do this underwater, in warm water. This allows the stems to draw in water instead of air. Then place the flowers in the vase solution you’ve prepared. When using woody stems and branches (such as forsythia, quince or lilac), cut the stem with sharp pruning shears.
For floral arrangements:
Keep the vase filled or floral foam soaked with water containing flower food. If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely. If possible, recut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Use warm water when adding water to the vase or refilling it.
Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight. Avoid heating or cooling vents, areas directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. Appliances such as televisions and radiators give off heat, causing the flowers to quickly dehydrate.
For boxed flowers or loose wrapped bunches:
If you can’t get your flowers into a water and flower food solution right away, keep them in a cool place. As soon as possible, fill a clean, deep vase with water and add the flower food, following the directions on the package. Add your flowers and enjoy.
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