One of the most common question we get asked is "how long will the flowers last", the answer is not that simple. Depending on variety and so many other factors, flowers (and foliage) can last anywhere from days to weeks to years.
Our number one flower care tip is to interact with your flowers. Arranging and re-arranging until the last flower is gone. Through this interactive experience and through photography, mindful flower care can prolong the life of a bouquet down to the last remaining ingredient.
Re-arranging, refreshing, editing and generally going through your bouquet.
- cut out individual flower heads that have faded. Remove dead stems, clean off yellowing leaves.
- at this point you can re-arrange your flowers in smaller vases, splitting a large bouquet into a few smaller arrangements.
Our basic guide to flower care:
Flowers drink a lot of water, so your vase should be full. This helps increase the turgor pressure of the plant cells, allowing the cells to be firm and healthy. So basically, fill the vase almost all the way up.
The goal is to reduce bacteria from blocking the plant cells, preventing the cells from drinking up the all the water. Vase should be washed with soap and water and water refreshed every few days, as the water becomes murky.
Cold temperatures generally slows down the opening of flowers. Warm temperatures expedites the opening. If your flowers are tight buds and you want them to open more quickly, give them a fresh cut and place in warm water.
We usually recommend tepid water, not too cold and not too warm.
Cutting each stem
Ideally, every time you change the vase water, you should be giving your stems a fresh cut, at a sharp angle, with sharp clean tools. This increases the surface area of the open stem, allowing more water to enter the stem at one time.
Flower foods and additives
The white powder packets that you often get with flowers is a combination of three ingredients. An acid, a sugar and a disinfectant. The Acid to open up the stems for hydration, a sugar to feed the flower pushing it to open, and a disinfectant to keep the bacteria down.
We don't recommend flower additives and don't believe they are necessary for at home use.
A clean, fresh vase and some basic maintenance will go along ways to making your flowers last longer.