Tips to keep flowers fresh, last longer

Tips to keep flowers fresh, last longer

If you've got a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a few simple steps will keep it looking fresh longer.



-Select flowers that are tight and just beginning to show color.

-Always start with a clean vase.

-Fill the vase one-third full of water.

-Trim about an inch from the bottom of the tulip stems, cutting at an angle.

-Arrange the tulips in the vase.

-Add fresh water daily to keep the vase about 1/3 full. Tulips are heavy drinkers.

-Don’t use floral preservatives with tulips.

-Place the vase in a cool place out of direct heat and light. Cut tulips should last about a week.

-Tulips are one of the few plants that continue to grow or stretch after they’ve been cut. They may get an inch taller and they tend to move toward the light.


-Stems should be straight. The buds should show color or be partially opened.

-Always start with a clean vase. Add the floral food mixture, following the package directions, but usually it calls for warm (not hot) water. Water should fill one-third of the vase.

-Snip off an inch from the stem of the rose. Experts make the cut under water. The cut can be at an angle or straight across.

-Place the vase in a cool location, away from direct light and heat.

-Roses are heavy drinkers, so replenish with the food and water mixture as needed. The bouquet of cut roses should last seven to 10 days.

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Photo by Mike Penney

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