Cut flowers are a necessary luxury at StoneGable. I splurge a little but I can often get great blooms at reasonable prices around here. I want to get every last second out of cut flowers in my home. They make my soul sing! And these little creamy blush-toned spray roses bring me so much joy! With just a little care they will last a long time. I’ll show you my secrets for getting longevity out of my flowers…
Let’s give our cut flowers the longest life we can!
KNOW YOUR FLOWERS
It’s just a fact of nature, some cut flowers last longer than others. Avoid flowers that are notorious for fading fast. And go for ones that will last longer than a week.
Here are some long lasting suggestions…
- mini carnations
- globe amaranth
- spray roses
I know you might be turning your darling little noses up to a couple on this list. Too common? Make an uncommon arrangement by using one kind of flower in one color en mass as I did here. They will look gorgeous!
One flower that is almost always gracing StoneGable are mini carnations. I LOVE them.
But for today, I found all the spray roses at a local grocer’s. When I can find them do my happy dance of joy and take them right home! Joy, pure joy!
USE A CLEAN VASE
Always start with a clean vase or container. Any soap, bacteria, grime etc will do bad things to flowers. Before using, even if your vase is clean give it another good scrubbing with sudsy hot water and rinse it thoroughly!
And wash your hands while you are at it. Clean hands guard against spreading bacteria!
The mercury glass cache pot was from The Pottery Barn. I have not seen it for awile, sorry!
CUT FLOWERS ON A 45% ANGLE
Flowers need to take up moisture to survive. And giving the stems a larger surface to drink up water is your best bet for longevity! Cut flowers at least 1/2 inch from the bottom of the stem. Better yet, cut them underwater to avoid any air bubbles that will prevent the bloom from taking up fresh water in the vase. Use a sharp knife and not a pair of scissors that might crush the stems.
Recut flowers when you change their water. Follow the tips above.
WATER AND OTHER NUTRIENTS
Add fresh water with flower food or a 1/4 cup of lemon/lime soda to a clean vase. There are lots of recipes to add to water for longer lasting flowers but studies have been done and soda or floral food float to top. Both of these really work!
Change out the water and add your add-in of choice every couple of days. And when you change the water also cut the stems of your flowers.
No leaves below the water line. They cause slime and bacteria in the water. Strip all leaves that might even touch the water. And as you trim back the stems double check to see if your leaves are out of the water.
REMOVE ANY SPENT PETALS OR FLOWERS
I deadhead flowers in my arrangements! If they are spent I say off with their heads! And do the same for petals that begin to turn brown. Bacteria is a flowers worst enemy. So keep up on this tip and all other’s that might introduce any bad things to your beauties!
If you can get your flowers into the frig overnight it will significantly keep your pretty blooms looking their best. When the temperature in our garage, here at StoneGable, is above freezing and below 60 you just might find a pretty arrangement sitting on the hood of my car!
Did you ever wonder why florists keep their flowers in refrigerators? Give it a try, it really helps!