People prize orchids as cut flowers due to their longevity, with the University of California saying they'll last an entire evening when worn as a corsage. The orchid blossom's delicate colors and unusual shape add to its irresistible nature. Whether you're harvesting blossoms from your own orchid or have bought flowers from a floral shop, provide the cut orchid with the care it needs to maximize its life and color.
Leave the orchid flower on the plant for as long as possible before severing it, cutting it off only when you're ready to use it. This is the best way to extend the cut flower's longevity, according to the University of California. For optimal results, collect the flower three days after it has opened on the plant.
Float the cut orchid flowers in a dish filled with water and cut flower food. The University of Illinois says that such products, available from most floral shops and some garden stores, contain nutrients and other chemicals to help all cut flowers absorb water and retain color.
Store the orchid flowers and their dish of water in an area with an air temperature of 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Beautiful Orchids floral shop. This is much warmer than the traditional 35 degrees recommended for most cut flowers, but orchids are tropical plants and keep best in moderately warm temperatures.
Mist the orchids with water routinely while you're preparing them for the corsage, as well as after they're set in the corsage (until they're worn). This helps keep the blossom petals hydrated and perky.