Five tips for keeping your Valentine’s Day flowers fresh for longer

Bouquet of roses

With Valentine’s Day upon us, florists are working flat out to fill orders for beautiful bouquets. Over the next 24 hours, there will be millions of bunches of flowers delivered to homes across the world. In the UK the total spend on flowers could well be over £250 million, while in the USA it’s estimated that 250 million roses are produced for this one day.

With so much care and love being expressed through these flowers, you’ll be wanting to keep them looking their best for as long as possible. Here are some practical ideas for extending the vase life of your flowers.

  • Keep the vase scrupulously clean. This helps to cut down on the bacteria and fungi which show up in the water, making it murky and shortening the vase life of your flowers.
  • Remove any leaves that will be under the water line. They will only start to rot and encourage bacterial growth.
  • Before you arrange the flowers in the vase, retrim the ends of the stems. If possible, cut them at a 45o angle, and get them straight into the water. This helps the flowers take up water and keeps them fresh for longer.
  • Choose a vase that is large enough to display your flowers without them being crammed together.
  • Change the water in the vase frequently – every day if possible. Keep the water fresh and clean, and the flowers will stay fresher too.

Do you have any tried and trusted ways of extending the vase life of cut flowers?

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