Tips to Prolong Cut Flowers
Once cut from the plant, flowers still require the nutrients that
were provided on the plant, namely food and water. You can ensure
an optimum vase life for your cut flowers by following these general
Most importantly, cut flowers need to draw good quality water up
the stem to the flower head. To ensure water uptake through the stem,
follow these steps:
Basic Cut Flower Care Instructions:
Flower Food Recipe
You can make your own flower food with ingredients typically
- 1 quart warm water (100°F)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- teaspoon liquid bleach
Mix together until sugar is dissolved. Pour into clean display vase
and add cut flowers. Add solution to vase as water level decreases.
Replace solution with fresh solution if it should become cloudy
Use a clean vase. Wash your vase with warm soapy water after each
use. Residue in the vase will contaminate the water and shorten vase
life. Use good quality tap water at approximately 100° F to fill your
vase. Add commercially prepared 'flower food' or 'preservative' to
your vase water. Or make your own. Recipe follows. Flower food contains
nutrients to provide your flowers nourishment and a bactericide to
keep the buildup in the water to a minimum.
Cut stem ends a minimum of one inch prior to placing in vase water,
plus whatever length is appropriate for the height of your vase. Make
the stem cut a clean cut on a 45° angle. Use sharp garden shears or
a sharp knife. A smooth cut will ensure that the water uptake vessels
are not crushed and the angle allows more stem surface to draw water.
Place cut stems immediately into the vase and arrange accordingly.
Displaying your cut flowers. Keep in mind that flowers do not like
extremes. Hot or cold. Wind or bright light. Display your flowers
away from strong light from a window. Avoid tops of televisions or
proximity to heater vents. Avoid drafts from fans or a/c. vents. Every
other day re-cut stem bottoms one half inch. The fresh cut insures
good water uptake through the flower stem.
Check vase water level every other day. Add water with preservative
as needed. If the water becomes cloudy, replace the entire vase water
with fresh preservative water. Remove foliage that will fall below
the water line in your vase. Foliage decaying in the water shortens
the vase life of flowers.
Other helpful floral tips:
- Your blooms may open more rapidly in lukewarm (not hot) water.
- Lily pollen can stain your cloths or tablecloth, so be sure to
trim the pollen stem after the flower has opened. If you received
Roses, remove the outside protective petal.
- If your flowers appear to be fatigued upon arrival, don't worry
- they're just thirsty!
- Follow the above instructions and the flowers will open before
Enjoy your flowers!