So you have just invested in some blossoms. How can you make them last as long as possible? Keeping that arrangement happy and healthy starts the minute you pick out your bouquet. If you purchased it at farmers market, we’ll be happy to wrap it to keep the stems moist. Think of those stems as straws. If they start drinking in air, they will have a harder time drinking in water.
Get those flowers home as soon as possible. If you want to stay and chat at market, we are happy to keep them in water until you are ready to leave. You are always welcome to bring a vase to market or fill your travel mug with water to get your flowers home.
Once at that destination, here are some recommendations for keeping your bouquet looking its best:
Remove all paper, wrapping, and the rubber band.
Feel free to play with the flowers and arrange them just right.
Make sure your vase is clean.
Snip your stems to reveal a fresh stem surface ready for water. Use clean, sharp kitchen scissors or garden pruners.
Make sure no leaves are dangling in the water as they add more surface area to grow bacteria.
Fill your vase half full with clean water.
Keep your flowers out of the sun and preferably in a cool place.
Check your vase every day to make sure enough water remains.
Every couple of days snip those stems again and change that water.
Remove any tired and droopy stems as they fade.
If you want to go the extra mile, you could add a few things to your water for an extra boost of protection:
- a half teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to keep bacteria from growing in the water.
- a pinch of sugar to feed the flowers
- a drop of bleach to kill any existing bacteria.
Enjoy your bouquet and thanks for choosing locally-grown flowers!