How to keep flowers fresh -- follow these tips to extend the life of your fresh cut blooms. A beautiful bouquet of flowers can brighten up your day and make your space feel more fresh and beautiful. I love having fresh cut flowers on my dining table, it just makes the place feel more lively and inviting. So how can you keep your pretty petals from wilting and fading so quickly? Here's how:
How to Keep Flowers Fresh and Beautiful Longer
- Before you purchase, inspect your bouquet in-store. Look for any signs of wilting and check the firmness of the petals by rubbing with your finger. If the petal is going soft or starting to feel mushy then the flowers are old.
- You've brought the flowers home, now what? Remove any wilted petals. Trim off any dried ends of the stems.
- Trim one to 2 inches off the stems at an angle under cool running water.
- Be sure to use a clean vase, free of any contaminants or microorganisms that could ruin your flower bouquet.
- Replenish water for flowers daily. Flowers soak up water fast so you'll want to give them fresh water each day.
- Feed them. Without the roots flowers have no way of getting nutrients to thrive. You'll need to feed your flowers by adding a small amount of flower food to the water every day.
- Mist your flowers to keep them looking healthy.
- Keep away from direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can burn the flower petals and cause your flowers to die.
- Refrigerate overnight. Just like the florists do, putting your flower bouquet in the refrigerator will make them last longer.