How to Prolong a Flower's Freshness


Everyone prefers fresh flowers to artificial silk ones, but it can be expensive to purchase floral arrangements for the home or office. Fortunately, you can enact a few special practices to increase the freshness and duration of floral bouquets. With a little bit of specialized care, those beautiful flowers can stay fresher, longer. Learning to prolong a flower's freshness is a simple process that does not require additional expertise.

Step 1

Inspect the stems of your flowers. Ensure that each stem is cut at a 90 degree angle, as this will help the stems absorb water properly.

Step 2

Place your flowers into a vase filled with 1 cup of cold water. Cold water helps ensure that the floral stem stays open and moist.

Step 3

Place your fresh flowers into the refrigerator overnight. Chilling the flowers helps preserve and keep the petals bright and crisp, and can extend their lifespan for up to four days.

Step 4

Trim the floral stems every other day. Remember to cut your stems at a 90 degree angle so that they can absorb water.

Step 5

Ensure that your flowers are properly hydrated by refilling the vase with cold water every day. Water should be cold or chilled, and should be poured to the level of five inches above the floral stem.


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