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Extending the Vase Life of Your Blooms!

I thought in today's blog I would give you a few tips on how to increase the vase life of your blooms. Seasonal blooms are quite peculiar and each have their own likes and dislikes.

Some blooms prefer to grow in cool (even cold) conditions while others thrive under nice hot humid temperatures (these are my spirit flowers!).

It is also important to note that some flowers typically last for 3-4 days while others can thrive and look amazing for close to 10 days if not more.

The Poppies that are pictured above will typically last for about two or three days if they are harvested in bloom. When harvested still in the bud stage they will last for close to a week.

Below are five tips to help you get the most life out of you fresh bouquets!

  • Keep the leaves out of the water

Please do this! You want to keep all foliage out of the water. It introduces bacteria, mucks up the water and clogs your stems. Be sure to trim your flowers when you get them home according to the height you would like them for your vase and then strip any and all greenery that is going to be below the water line.

  • Fresh Water

If you can give your blooms fresh water every day trust me they will thank you! Obviously we are all human and that does not happen every single day but the more that you can the longer vase life you will get.

  • Trim Stems

I recommend pulling your flowers out and giving the ends a snip every two or three days. The end will tend to become calloused or clogged and trimming will open up the end of the stem and allow them to drink the fresh water.

  • Flower Food

Each bouquet that you purchase comes with a packet of flower food to give them a little extra energy and help them to stay looking good. Check out a quick at home recipe that I have posted at the end of this blog that you can use as well.

  • Avoid Sunlight and Fresh Fruit

Finally, try to keep your flower out of direct sunlight and away from fresh fruit. The fruit release ethylene which causes your flowers to age more quickly.

I hope you find some of these tips helpful and that you can use them the next time you purchase local flowers!

Homemade Flower Food Recipe

  • tsp bleach

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Just add to your clean vase and lukewarm water before placing blooms inside.


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