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Certain varieties of cut flowers last longer than others. Carnations, for example, can remain vibrant for long periods. Roses and tulips have a shorter vase life, but are prized for their special and delicate beauty. When buying flowers, be sure to ask your florist how long you should expect your arrangement to last. Whatever variety you choose, proper care will go a long way in keeping your blooms looking fresh longer. Here are a few handy tips that can help add days to their beauty!
Environment for your flowers - Keep your floral arrangement in a cool spot (63 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit; 17 to 22 degrees Celsius), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, direct drafts from a ceiling fan and table top fans, and away from portable heaters and fireplace.
When your flowers are in floral foam Keep the floral foam soaked in water. Check moisture daily by feeling it with your finger tip.
When your flowers are in a vase Keep the vase filled with fresh clean water. If possible, use filtered or bottled water. If the water becomes cloudy, replace it entirely. If possible, re-cut the stems by removing one or two inches with a sharp knife. Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial growth that can harm the flowers.