4.21.2016

Arrangement of the Week: Four Tips for Enjoying Fresh Flowers Longer


 This is a few stems of Ranunculus I purchased from the garden center three weeks ago. I love having fresh flowers around my home but with the cost and the fact that they don't live very long, I'm always looking for ways to extend their longevity.

  
I really love ranunculus. When they stretch open in full bloom their petals look like crepe paper!



When I begin to see leaves yellowing and the edges of older petals turning brown, I cut the healthy stems shorter and place in smaller vases to enjoy their blooms longer.


Here are four tips to extend the longevity of fresh flowers and enjoy their blooms longer:


  • Look for stems with firm leaves and strong colors. To maximize vase life, choose stems before they are in full bloom; with at least one-third of the flowers still in bud.

  • Use a sharp knife or pruning shears, and cut each stem approximately 1 inch from the bottom of the main stem at a 45-degree angle. Cutting at an angle will help ensure a larger area is exposed to water for maximum water uptake. 
  •  Remove any leaves below water level, this will reduce the loss of water due to transpiration.  Immediately place the stems into a container  of warm water with a flower food, like Floral Preservative. Cut flowers that are not provided water quickly will seal up, and the flowers will not last as long.

  • If you don’t have Floral Preservative crush a few aspirin tablets using the back of a spoon and add the powder to a vase filled with water. The salicylic acid in the aspirin will help keep the water clean and free of flower-damaging bacteria.
What tips do you have for enjoying fresh flowers longer?  Have a wonderful day!

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