Receiving flowers as a gift from a friend or relative, especially for a memorable occasion like a birthday or anniversary, can be an exciting experience. You want to be able to get the most out of your floral gift, but how do you keep a bouquet fresh and beautiful after you receive it? At Nature’s Wonders Florist, we understand that it’s important to be able to enjoy your fresh flowers as long as possible, so here is the best way to care for them to ensure they stay bright and perky.
The first thing you’ll want to do is find a vase for your flowers if they did not come with one. It helps to find a clean vase that is large enough so that the stems of the flowers are not crowded inside of it, but also that the vase is heavy enough to not tip over depending on the height and quantity of the flowers. A common mistake made is to fill the vase completely with water, but this is not generally recommended as submerging the stems completely causes them to decay faster.
To properly preserve your flowers in water, only put around 3-4 inches of water in the vase. Trim the ends of the stems at an angle under running water so that water intake is easier, and make sure all of the tips of the stems are submerged. Try to make sure that only the stems are inside the vase, and none of the other foliage. Ensure the water is changed daily and the stems are trimmed with each change; this will prolong the life of your flowers exponentially. Your fresh flowers came with a small packet of “flower food”, which you can add into the water in small amounts when you change it. Although there are many alternatives such as aspirin, sugar and even pennies, it’s been scientifically proven that nothing works better than the flower food from your local florist. Flower food powders adjust the water’s pH and help to unclog stems, making it easier for flower to consume the nutrients and sugars in the food to help them continue to grow.
Depending on the kind of flower that is in your arrangement or bouquet, it is a good idea to keep them out of direct sunlight for the next few days. Hardier plants like mums and sunflowers can handle being left in the sun, but the majority of cut flowers will not. It’s okay to have them receive some sun exposure, but too much will cause flowers to fade and wilt.
If the flowers begin to droop and lose their vibrancy, it may be time to preserve them permanently. You can always check out our Preserving Flowers page for tips on that. In the meantime, we hope that these tips will come in handy, and for help with any of the suggestions, please call our customer service line and one of our friendly office staff will be happy to help you. Thank you for choosing Nature’s Wonders Florist!