Flower Care. Bouquet Freshness.

How to Keep a Bouquet Fresh at Home

Florists assure you that if you know how to preserve the freshness of a bouquet at home, its life can be extended to several weeks. To keep the composition fresh and attractive, following five simple recommendations from the specialists with whom Ukraineflora works is enough.

1. Let the flowers adapt to new conditions

Do not rush to immediately put the bouquet in a vase, especially during the cold season. Temperature changes for flowers are stressful: remember what unpleasant sensations arise if you wash your hands with hot water after winter frost. In order not to harm beauty, follow the following procedure:

  • Leave the flowers at room temperature for 20–30 minutes without removing the wrapper or film. This will allow them to get used to new conditions.
  • Provide moisture for the bouquet. When the flowers get used to the temperature of the air, they should be filled with moisture. Place the stems in a bucket or tub filled with cool water to do this.
  • Trim the stems with a sharp knife. It is better to do this in water, so air does not get inside the stem.
  • Cut off the leaves at the stem section that will be placed in the vase's water. They are the first to rot in prolonged contact with water.
  • Place the flowers in a clean vase.

In the warm season, the bouquet does not need to adapt to room conditions, so it can be immediately immersed in water. Do not neglect the preparatory steps: without them, the effectiveness of the following actions will be significantly reduced.

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2. Take care of water quality

Each flower needs to be assured of proper moisture balance. Artist Peter Blake once said that water quality determines the quality of life: Good water is a good life. Bad water is a bad life. No water - no life. Therefore, if you want to understand how to keep the bouquet fresh for a long time at home, regularly spray the stems and leaves from a spray bottle. But make sure that no drops fall on the buds. Renew the water every day, rinse the stems and vase thoroughly. This will eliminate the possibility of bacterial growth. If you don't have the opportunity to regularly renew the freshness of the water, activated charcoal or aspirin will provide its purity. One tablet is enough for one liter of liquid.

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3. Observe the temperature and lighting regimes

Do not allow direct sunlight and dry air to keep the flowers fresh at home. Please don't place the bouquet near heating appliances, on a windowsill, near air conditioners, or batteries. They do not like flowers and temperature extremes, so it is better to protect them from drafts in cold weather. It is also worth remembering that a vase is not just a decoration and addition to a bouquet. This is the place of residence of your composition, which should create favorable conditions for maintaining its freshness and opening the buds. Vases with a neck that is too narrow squeeze the stems to prevent air from entering and disrupt metabolic processes in the plant. Ceramic or opaque glass containers are considered the best option. They do not transmit light and, therefore, do not heat water and do not create conditions for the spread of microorganisms. Do not forget to remove dried buds in the composition in time so they do not draw out nutrients, and when changing water, cut the stems. To prevent the flowers from withering, do not place them near fruits and vegetables that emit ethylene.

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Feed with nutrients

Often, feeding becomes the best answer to the question: "How can the bouquet remain fresh for a long time?" The powdered mixture should be added to the vase and periodically added with fresh water. It allows flowers to last twice as long and makes the color of greenery and buds richer.
 If you do not have such a preparation, any of the following products are suitable for flower nutrition:
  • Sugar - 3 teaspoons per liter.
  • Citric acid - 2 g per 1 liter.
  • Vinegar - 1 tablespoon per liter.
  • Salt - 1 teaspoon per liter.
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5. Provide care according to the characteristics of the flower

Above, we examined the universal methods that will help you understand how to preserve the beauty and freshness of the bouquet for a long time. But each flower has its characteristics that should be considered when leaving:
  • Roses have tight and dense stems; therefore, you need to cut them with a sharp knife at an angle of 45 degrees. For the flowers to receive the maximum amount of moisture, the skin can be moved a few centimeters from the edge. It is better to immerse the stems in water by half or 2/3.
  • Lilies do not like neighborhoods with other species, so they keep freshness in a mono bouquet longer. As with roses, the stems are best trimmed with sharp scissors or pruning shears at a 45-degree angle. Submerge the lilies 2/3 in the water, keeping the leaves out of the vase.
  • Chrysanthemums are considered one of the most persistent species and, with proper care, can remain fresh for up to a month. Autumn flowers love cold water. It is better to leave the cut of the stem not sharp and renew it every few days.
  • Tulips love cold water as much as chrysanthemums, and feel especially good with adding ice. The cut of the stem should be vertical, and there is not much water in the vase - only 5-7 cm.
  • Carnations love room-temperature water and a wide-necked container. The amount of liquid should not exceed 15 cm. It is better to cut the stems at an angle of 45 degrees.
  • For moisture and nutrients to get into gerberas, their stems should not touch the bottom. Therefore, they should be cut well before being sent to the vase.

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