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Flower Care Tips
to Lengthen the Life of Your Arrangement
A little extra care can make a big difference for any size flower arrangement or
fresh flower bouquet.
Most floral arrangements last 4-7 days or longer, depending on the flowers used
and the care they receive. We at Clarence Walker Florist provide these tips for
longer-lasting, more vibrant flowers:
For floral arrangements:
Keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food
provided by your florist. Flower foods make flowers last longer but it is
important to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. Most
packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of water. Flower foods
should not be diluted with more water than is specified on the packet.
If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely with properly
mixed flower food solution. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two
inches with a sharp knife. Be sure to use a sharp knife or clippers that will
not crush the stems. Immediately place the stems into solution.
Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct
sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of
televisions or radiators. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, which
causes flowers to dehydrate.) Most flowers will last longer under cool
For loose bunches or boxed flowers:
Keep your flowers in a cool place until you can get them in a flower food
solution. Don't forget how important it is to follow the mixing directions on
the flower food packet.
Fill a clean (washed with a detergent or antibacterial cleaning solution), deep
vase with water and add a flower food from your florist.
Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote
bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by the flower.
Re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Place the flowers
in the vase solution you've prepared.
If you purchase loose flowers for your own arrangements you should also consider
- When selecting flowers, look for flowers with upright, firm petals and buds
beginning to open. Yellow, spotted or drooping leaves are signs of age.
- When using woody stems and branches (such as quince, forsythia or lilac), cut
the stem with sharp pruning shears. Place them in warm water containing fresh
flower food to promote flower opening.
Plant Care Tips: Green Thumb Not
Not only are green and flowering plants a great enhancement to any home or
office decor, they are also beneficial to your health. The results of a study by
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) show that common
houseplants are powerful, natural air cleaners - all the more reason why you
want to keep your plants healthy with the proper care.
Most plants come with care instructions specified for the type of plant. The
Society of American Florists provides these additional general guidelines to
keep most green houseplants thriving:
Keep plants in medium-light locations - out of direct sunlight
Natural light is best, but some plants can also thrive in office fluorescent
light. Most flowering potted plants should be placed in areas with the most
light in order to maintain good flower color and promote the maximum number of
flowers to open. Foliage plants will do well under lower light levels and can be
placed in areas providing reduced light.
Plant soil should be kept moist at all times
Plants should not be allowed to dry out or wilt. Be careful to avoid
overwatering - do not allow plants to stand in water. Avoid wetting plant
Avoid excessive heat or cold
Plants should be kept in a cool spot (between 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit) for
best performance. They should be kept away from direct sunlight, heating or
cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or
radiators. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, which causes plants to