So you’ve just treated yourself to some fresh flowers at Trader Joes, or maybe you’ve received a beautiful bouquet at your doorstep. These tips will show you how to keep them  beautiful for longer. 

  1. Daily water checks  

Replace the vase water with fresh cool tap water, preferably every day, or every second  day. Ensure the vase is filled high to promote long lasting flowers. 

  1. Remove excess leaves  

Remove leaves, flowers, or branches which fall below the water line. Having these in the  water encourages bacteria growth which can shorten the life of your flowers. 

  1. Stem snipping  

As some flowers die off, remove them, and cut the stems of flowers remaining at a 45  degree angle to maximise water uptake. A sharp knife or gardening scissors will work  best, taking care not to damage or smash the stems.

  1. Temperature preference  

Most flowers are best displayed away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, or on  top of televisions or radiators, which give off heat. Most flowers prefer temperatures  between 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 22 degrees Celsius) to prevent dehydration. 

  1. Importance of placement  

Aside from direct sunlight avoidance, it is also important to place your arrangement away  from fruit or the path of cigarette smoke. The ethylene gas is detrimental to many flower  types. 

  1. Enjoy your flowers  

Taking care of flowers is soothing and relaxing. Enjoy them with all your senses and treat  it like a daily blissful ritual. 

  1. Zero waste  

If you have any leftover blooms from your bouquet, create little bud vases and place them  around your house. That way, you can enjoy them in more rooms than one!

Cheers, Clare

Clare has built up a loyal client base throughout the Los Angeles area delivering daily flower bouquets, subscriptions for private homes and businesses, and designs to wow at your wedding or next event. Inspired by her English countryside roots, Clare has recently turned her hand to growing flowers to include in your flower designs along with locally sourced flower, and those from further afield.

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