Cut Flower Care 101

Cut Flower Care 101

Extending the life of your blooms is easier than you think. Keep your flower arrangements fresh with these simple tips.

Caring for your flower arrangements

KEEP THEM OUT OF DIRECT SUN

Display your flowers in a cool spot, out of direct sunlight and away from any heat sources

REFRESH THE WATER

Give your flowers fresh, cool water every day, keeping the water levels at the top of the vase

 REMOVE WILTED FLOWERS

Periodically, check for any wilted flowers and remove them.

Caring for Wrapped Flowers

REMOVE THE PACKAGING YOUR FLOWERS CAME IN

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TRIM THE STEMS

Use sharp scissors or handheld pruning sheers and cut at an angle.

Trimming prevents stems from sitting flat inside the vase and creates a larger surface area for water absorption. Additionally, a fresh snip ensures the stems' ends aren't calloused over.

REMOVE ANY LEAVES THAT WILL BE BELOW THE WATERLINE

When leaves are left submerged in water, they begin to rot, which invites algae and bacteria into the container. Trimming them first will extend the life of your blooms while saving you from the headache of cleaning out mush leaves later.

PLACE YOUR FLOWERS IN A CLEAN VASE FILLED WITH COOL WATER

Starting with a clean vase helps eliminate bacteria that could otherwise enter your freshly trimmed stems.

Check the water levels daily

Give your flowers fresh, cool water every day, keeping the water level at the top of the vase. Thirsty flowers are dead flowers. Woody stems are particularly thirsty, so don't be fooled by a big vase – check the water level daily for best results.