Extending The Vase Life Of Your Blooms
Buying fresh flowers will automatically give you an extended vase life but below are some additional tips to get the most out of your blooms.
1. Fresh Water
When flowers are freshly cut they drink a lot of water...a lot. Give them fresh clean water daily.
Keep flowers out of direct sunlight. The sun will give the flowers a signal to continue to mature, therefore reducing the vase life.
3. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
Do not place your flowers directly near fresh fruits and vegetables. They produce ethylene gas that shortens vase life.
4. Trim Excess Foliage & Leaves
Foliage or leaves in the water will begin to rot and turn the water murky as well as clog the stems decreasing vase life. So keep them above the water line!
5. Flower Food
We include a packet of flower food with your bouquets. However some flowers like zinnias and sunflowers do not like commercial flower food. Below is a recipe that can be used for all flowers except for your spring bulbs (think tulips).
Homemade Fresh Cut Flower Food Recipe
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon bleach
2 teaspoons lemon or lime juice
1 quart lukewarm water
The sugar helps to feed your flowers (plants love carbs), bleach will kill the bacteria and the lemon/lime juice will balance the pH.