How to take care of your flowers.
We've got some tips to help you make your flowers last as long as possible.
First, make sure your vase is clean. If in doubt, wash the container in a very weak bleach solution. Rinse thoroughly before adding flowers! Add cool water and a portion of the included floral preservative packet.
Remove the outer wrap from your bouquet. Re-cut the flower and foliage stems at an angle with a sharp knife, removing at least one-inch of the stem. Avoid crushing the stem if possible. The slanted cut opens more stem area for water absorption and prevents the end of the stem from resting directly on the bottom of the vase. Also, remove any leaves that will fall below the water line, as they will decay and cause bacteria to grow.
Immediately place the flowers into your prepared vase. Flowers last longer if kept in a cool location away from direct sunlight, excessive heat, and drafts. Check the water level daily and replenish as needed. If the water becomes cloudy, it should be completely exchanged for fresh. Trimming the stems a bit every few days will make your blooms last even longer.
You can even refrigerate your bouquet when not on display to extend its life. However, do not store flowers and fruit together. Fruits, especially apples, release ethylene gas that shortens flower life. Likewise, dying and damaged flowers and leaves emit ethylene and should be discarded as you notice them.
Last, choose long lasting flowers to get the most "bang for your buck." Varieties such as chrysanthemums, alstroemeria, Charmelia® and carnations look great longer than more fragile flowers.