Flower and Plant
Flowers - Plants - Orchids - Bonsai
Keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food provided by your florist.
Flower foods provide sugars, balance ph and limit bacterial growth. It is important to follow the mixing
directions on the food packet. Most packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of water.
Do not dilute with more water than is specified on the packet.
your arrangement daily to make sure it has plenty of clear fresh
water. If possible, re-cut stems by
flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from
direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents,
If you purchase loose flowers for your own arrangements you should also consider these tips:
When selecting flowers, look for flowers with upright, firm petals and buds beginning to open.
Yellow, spotted or drooping leaves are signs of age.
When using woody stems and branches (such as quince, forsythia or lilac), cut the stem with sharp pruning shears.
Place them in warm water containing fresh flower food to promote flower opening.
Each cut flower variety has a different life expectancy. When buying flowers, be sure to ask your florist
how long you should expect your arrangement to last. Whatever variety you choose, a little TLC will go
a long way to keep your blooms looking fresh longer.
Floral food and why you should use it:
When your flowers arrive in wet foam
When your flowers have woody stems and
branches (such as Quince, Forsythia, or Lilac)