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Taking Care of Your Valentine’s Flower Arrangements

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With Valentine’s Day comes dinner dates, yummy chocolates, cheesy cards, and our personal favorite some fresh flowers. Weather someone bought you a dozen roses or you bought yourself a nice bouquet this Valentine’s (hey no shame in that,) you want them to last as long as possible! That’s why we’ve complied a little list of things to be mindful of.

 

Prepping your flowers

The first thing to do before putting your fresh flowers in your favorite vase is to make a fresh cut at a 45-degree angle on the stems. Next you want to remove any leaves you see that would be submerged in water when you place them in the vase. The reason being the leaves will quickly deteriorate and pollute the water, which isn’t good for the flowers themselves.

 

Water and food

Now it’s time to add the water. Ideally we want fresh room temperature water and some floral preservative mix (or “flower food” which typically comes with it.) Flowers are highly susceptible to the bacteria that can build up on their stems while in water, so be sure to change the water every 2-3 days.

 

Placement

A lot of times we think that our cut flowers need as much direct sunlight as our potted plants, but that’s actually not true. Since your flowers are already at their peak you should place your vase in a bright area, but avoid any heat and direct sun. Placing the vase in a cooler area will actually slow the growth of bacteria and the related breakdown of plant tissues that cause the flowers to mature/demise quicker.

 

Up-Keep

Keeping up after the water and changing it as often as 2-3 days will really improve your flowers health. When you do this make sure to also add back in some flower food and re-cut the stems. This seems like a lot of cutting, but if you cut back a half of an inch each water change you’ll notice how much longer your plants live. When you re-cut you expose fresh tissue that can soak up the water more efficiently. With this in mind, try to use sharp scissors when trimming to avoid smashing and damaging those tissues cells.

 

Afterwards

When the inevitable, but always a little sad day comes where you have to dispose your arrangement, be sure to wash the vase! A lot of times we think rinsing it out and air-drying will be good enough. However, bacteria builds up in a dirty vase and will be detrimental to the next flowers you host. Wash with hot soapy water or just throw it in the dishwasher to make sure it gets a proper clean.

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