We survived ALL the Prom’s and even Mother’s Day. It wasn’t easy, but, it sure was beautiful around the shop–all the flowers made it so colorful! Now we’re back to mostly just regular deliveries–we seem to have lots of birthdays, and anniversaries, coming up. (We’re also back to taking deep breaths, and not crashing into things/others as we run around the shop–this place was packed!) We have a few weddings on our calendar and, as always, a couple of funerals too. For today though, we’re just swinging by the ‘ol blog to put up a few of the best tips we have to keep your flowers as fresh looking as possible–for, as long as possible. (Since we’ve delivered SO many arrangements to folks around the Twin Cities lately–we figured a few of you could use this.) Now, one of the things that we hear all the time from our customers is shock as to how long our flowers actually do last (because they’re the best 🙂 ) However, if you ever get an arrangement from us and it seems like your flowers weren’t quite up to par–please give us a call. We love happy customers and will replace things that don’t meet our standards.
Anyway, here are some things you can do to keep that arrangement as fresh as possible, for as long as possible…
Here are a few things you can do to keep those flowers looking as great as possible, for as long as possible…
- Flowers last longer if they aren’t kept in direct sunlight. They tend to dry out quicker when they’re in the sun–causing them to brown.
- On the same note as the direct sunlight, flowers dry out quicker when they’re too warm, in general. So don’t keep them on, or too close to the stove, a heater vent, the oven, or electronics. (Electronics warm up as they run, consequently, warming up your flowers and drying them out.)
- We’re betting you know that you should check the water, daily, to make sure it’s full enough–but, you should also check to see if the water is looking cloudy. If it is, dump it out and refresh it with room temperature water. (Don’t forget to add more ‘food’!)
- Re-cutting the stems of the flowers will also help your flowers stay beautiful longer. Just ¾ inches at a time is all you need to trim. (A great time to do this is when you’re refreshing the water.) Also, cut your stems at an angle–that allows them to take more water in.
- Did you know that if you’re out of the food ‘packet’, adding a teaspoon of sugar to fresh water, or a penny, can help keep them fresher for a bit longer? (Yes, flower food works the best–but we know that finding the time to stop in for more sometimes just doesn’t happen.)
- Some flowers simply last longer than others. For example, a carnation can last up to two weeks when properly cared for, a rose will only last about half that time. To keep an arrangement fresh looking as flowers wilt or brown, you can pull them out and rearrange your arrangement. No need to throw the whole thing away if just a few flowers are past their prime. After you remove some of the older flowers, rearranging the fresh stems in a smaller vase will help keep the arrangement looking its fullest.