Caring for Your Flowers
Enjoy your flowers for an extended time with a little bit of extra care.
Fresh flowers means longer-lasting flowers.
There are so many reasons to use fresh, local flowers in your home and for your events. Just as a perfectly ripe tomato grown in your backyard tastes juicy and sweet and nothing like the hard, mealy tomato you find from the store, fresh flowers hold a beauty and fragrance that you won’t find in flowers that have sat on a plane and in coolers for days, even weeks.
- Keep your flowers in a cool place, out of direct sunlight
- Keep flowers away from fruits and vegetables
- Place flowers in a clean vase (clean enough to drink from!)
- Keep fresh water in the vase and top it off as needed (fresh flowers drink a lot of water)
- Add floral preservative, which contains a sugar (feeds the blooms), an acid (maintains the pH level) and a bleach (reduces the bacteria and fungi growth).
- Add a few extra drops of bleach to flowers that dirty the water quickly, such as zinnias, Black-eyed Susans and mums.
- After a few days, recut the stems at an angle using sharp, clean snips.