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Tips for Maintaining the Freshness of Your Floral Arrangements

How to Keep your Florals Fresh for Longer

A floral arrangement made by teresa James floral in St.Johns Newfoundland.

Flowers have an incredible power to brighten up any space and bring a touch of nature into our lives. Whether received as a gift or purchased for yourself, it's important to know how to properly care for your blooms to ensure they stay fresh and vibrant for as long as possible.

Prepare the Vase

Before placing your flowers in a vase, it's essential to prepare it properly. Start by cleaning the vase with warm water and a mild dishwashing detergent to remove any bacteria or residue that could harm your flowers. Rinse thoroughly and fill the vase with fresh, cool water.

Trimming and Removing Foliage

Before placing your flowers in the vase, it's important to trim the stems at an angle, ideally with a sharp pair of garden shears. This allows the flowers to absorb water more efficiently. Additionally, remove any foliage that will be submerged in water as it can lead to decomposition and bacterial growth.

Hydration is Key

To keep your flowers fresh, it's vital to provide them with an adequate water supply. Check the water levels in the vase daily and add fresh water as needed. Be sure to use room temperature water, as cold water can shock the flowers and hinder their ability to absorb moisture.

Flower Food and Preservatives

Teresa James Floral arrangements come with a small packet of flower food. These packets contain a mixture of nutrients and preservatives to help extend the life of your blooms. Follow the instructions provided on the packet and dissolve it in the water before placing your flowers in the vase.

Location Matters

Choose a suitable location for your flowers, away from direct sunlight, drafts, and heat sources. Excessive exposure to sunlight can cause wilting, while drafts and heat can dry out the flowers. Opt for a cool, well-ventilated area to ensure optimal longevity.

Regular Maintenance

To prolong the life of your flowers, it's vital to perform regular maintenance. Remove any wilted or dead flowers as soon as you notice them, as they can release ethylene gas, which speeds up the aging process of other blooms. Additionally, change the water in the vase every two to three days, while following the steps of trimming the stems and adding fresh flower food. By following these tips and tricks, you can ensure that your flowers remain fresh and beautiful for longer, allowing you to fully enjoy their natural beauty. Remember, a little care goes a long way when it comes to keeping your blooms vibrant and stunning.

With the right care and attention, those flowers are sure to brighten up your days for an extended period.

Happy flower care and enjoy the beauty they bring!

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