Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and if you're expecting to receive fresh blooms, make sure you know how to make them last! Here are 3 basic tips for keeping your bouquet beautiful:
- Fill a vase with warm water. Stems will be able to take in warm water particles more readily than cold water particles.
- Add a floral preservative (aka flower food). You know those little packets of white stuff that come with your flowers? Use them! Flower food contains a biocide to kill bacteria, an acidifier to help stems drink more water, and a special sugar to nourish those blooms.
- Remove any leaves or foliage that will be below the water line. Leaves and stems can carry bacteria, and once it gets into the water flowers will die more quickly.
When you're ready to arrange your flowers in the vase, measure the stems so that they're about 1.5 to 2 times the height of the vase. Then cut the stems of each flower with a sharp knife on an angle. The angled cut allows for better water intake. Voila! You've got a beautiful arrangement from you sweetie that will last for days.