You just got some flowers, now what?

Two of the most asked questions asked after any floral purchase is "How long will they last?" or "How do I take care of them?" It doesn't matter if it is a single rose or a big flower arrangement, a little extra care will make a big difference. 

These following tips will make your flowers look fresher and last longer.


1. Keep flowers in a cool spot (18 - 24 °C)

Keep your flowers away from direct sunlight, heating or ceiling fans. 

2. Do NOT put flowers near fruits or vegetables

Some people ask us if they can put their flowers in the refrigerator. The answer is definitely NO. The ethylene gas coming from fruits and vegetables will drastically decrease the lifespan of flowers.

3. Replenish the water frequently, or change the water entirely every 2-3 days

Flowers drink a lot of water! it is not uncommon for a large flower arrangement to suck up all the water within the first day. Keep the vase full to ensure flowers do not dry out. Since flowers are highly likely to build bacteria at its stems, changing the water in the vase will keep your flowers fresh for a longer time. For large flower arrangements, carefully tip the vase over a sink to let the water drain without disturbing the design. Then re-fill the vase by gently pouring water in at the top of the flowers.

4. re-cut stems for more efficient water absorption

By cutting the stems just before placing them in water again, you expose fresh tissue that can suck up the water much more efficiently. When you trim the stems, you remove tissue at the tips that may be breaking down and once again expose fresh tissue that absorbs more water. Use sharp scissors when cutting to ensure a clean cut that leaves cells undamaged. 

5. wash the vase/container very thoroughly After you throw out your last arrangement

Bacteria build up in dirty vases and do not go away just because the vase dries out. As soon as you add water again, the vase will be prone to bacteria. Wash the vase/container very thoroughly in hot soapy water or, in your dishwasher.