With some extra care, you can extend the life of your bouquet. The following are some
Always use clean vases and clean water. When you get home, cut flower stems at an angle with a sharp knife or scissors. Place flowers in water immediately after cutting the stems.
Cut bouquets do best in clean water. If the water is getting low dirty, change it out with fresh, room temperature water.
Sometimes the use of warm water is recommended. However, this can be very damaging to some species. The use of hot water is never recommended.
If provided, the use of cut-flower preservative can improve the life of a bouquet and can inhibit bacterial growth. This, however, is not always provided and keeping your water and vases clean is still of utmost importance.
Avoid major temperature differences when you bring your flowers home (especially in winter).
Never leave flowers in a closed car, in the sun, or in places that are too hot. If not placed in water, this can dehydrate the flowers. Also, avoid exposure to freezing temperatures and some flowers can die immediately after exposure to the freezing cold.
Our arrangements are either in floral foam or water, which helps keep the flowers hydrated. For arrangements in foam, add 1/2 cup of water every other day as needed. For arrangements in water, check the water level with your finger. If the water is getting low, top it up.
Boutonnières and Corsages
Store in your refrigerator on the top shelf, as far away from any fresh food as possible. Keep in sealed container, the the bag or box that it came in.