Trimming Stems: Every few days, trim the stems at an angle with a sharp knife or scissors. This helps the flower bouquets absorb water more efficiently. When flowers are cut, the stem’s cells can become clogged with air, preventing water from being drawn up to the blooms. Trimming the stems at an angle creates a larger surface area for water absorption.
Clean Vase: Change the water and clean the vase every two days. Use lukewarm water and add flower food provided by your florist or a homemade solution (sugar, bleach, and lemon juice).
Proper Watering: Ensure that the vase is filled with enough water to cover at least 2/3 of the stems. Some flowers are heavy drinkers, so check the water level daily.
Remove Foliage: Remove any leaves or foliage that are submerged in water. This prevents bacterial growth and keeps the water clean.
Avoid Direct Sunlight and Heat: Keep the bouquet away from direct sunlight, heaters, radiators, and drafty areas. These can speed up the wilting process.
Temperature Control: Maintain a moderate room temperature. Extreme heat or cold can cause the flowers to deteriorate quickly.
Air Circulation: Ensure there is some air circulation around the bouquet. Avoid placing it in an enclosed or stuffy area.
Avoid Fruit Bowls: Keep the arrangement away from fruit bowls, as fruits release ethylene gas, which can speed up the aging process of flowers.
Rejuvenate Drooping Flowers: If a flower starts to droop, try cutting its stem at an angle and placing it in warm water. This can sometimes revive wilted blooms.
Preserve with Hairspray (optional): For delicate flowers, you can lightly mist them with unscented hairspray to help maintain their shape and color.
Flower Food Usage: Follow the instructions on the flower food packet provided by your florist. It provides essential nutrients that can extend the life of your bouquet.
Revive with Warm Water: If your flowers are wilting, you can try placing them in warm water (not hot) for a few hours. This can sometimes help perk them up.
Remember that different flowers have varying care requirements, so if your bouquet contains specific types, it’s best to research their individual needs. Following these advanced care tips can help your bouquet stay fresh and beautiful for an extended period.