Twila E. Palmer's Blog
Whether it is a vase of store-bought roses, or an arrangement of cut hydrangeas from your yard, who doesn't love the look and smell of fresh cut flowers in their home? If you enjoy fresh flowers in your home you may be wondering how to keep them fresher longer. Here are some things you can do that will keep them fresh, lasting longer and looking their best:
- Remove any severely wilted petals or leaves.
- Remove all leaves and foliage below the water line.
- Get the stems in water as soon as possible after cutting.
- Place cut flowers in cold water. Warm water can dehydrate flowers.
- Placing cut flowers in the refrigerator for six hours before arranging them will triple their lifespan.
- Mist the flowers daily
- Cover the flower stems with no more than six inches of water. Make sure the vase is free of microorganisms, wash in hot, soapy water and rinse well.
- Re-cut the stems every few days.