Ever wonder how to preserve flowers once they've been cut? Enjoy these tried-and-true tips for keeping cut bouquets bright and beautiful.
Ever wonder the best way how to preserve flowers once they’ve been cut? Extend your bouquets’ vase life with these simple suggestions for keeping petals in peak condition:
- Cut flowers for your bouquet in the morning, after the dew dries but before the day gets hot.
- Choose flowers that are opening rather than those that are in full bloom.
- Trim stems with a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle, removing low-hanging foliage.
- Place bouquet in an uncrowded vase of tepid water as soon as possible; add a floral preservative.
- Display bouquet arrangements in a cool spot away from fans, air conditioners and heating vents.
- Don’t place cut flowers near fruits and vegetables, smoke or gas fumes—many are ethylene-sensitive.
- Recut bouquet stems after two or three days as needed.
- Rinse the container and change the water. You want to keep your vases as clean as your teacups.