Make Your Valentine’s Day Flowers Last
If your sweetie surprised you with a stunning selection of your favorite flowers this Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to enjoy them as long as possible. Although different varieties of cut flowers naturally vary in the length of their vase life, there are a few things you can do to keep those blooms looking beautiful longer and get the most out of that loving gift.
- Stay Cool. Cut flowers aren’t crazy about heat! To avoid dehydration, keep them in a cool place that’s between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure they stay out of direct sunlight and away from vents or drafty areas.
- H20h Yeah. Just as you need to hydrate daily, so do your blooms! Add cool water to their vase each day. (Warm water will make the flowers open more quickly.) If the water becomes cloudy, pour it out and replace it entirely with fresh water.
- Snip, Snip. If you’re giving your flowers fresh water, it’s a good idea to give them a fresh cut as well! Go 1 to 2 inches up from the bottom of the stem and snip at a 45-degree angle. This angle prevents the stems from being able to sit flush at the bottom of the vase and collect any unwanted bacteria. It also gives the stems more surface area to take in water.
- Mmm, Good. Each time you replace the water, sprinkle in a packet of floral food for added nutrients. Floral food is a combination of additives that nourishes your arrangement and discourages bacteria from growing in the water.
Here’s to beautiful, long-lasting blooms from Bachman’s!