Just Be the Bride

A quick guide to keep fresh cut flowers longer!

By Caitlin Boshnack

Now that your kitchen table is decorated with fresh cut flowers, you can follow these easy steps to enjoy them longer! 



When you first receive your beautiful bouquet, use lukewarm water in your vase, add flower food to the water and cut the stems about ¾ to 1 inch at an angle.   Also be sure to remove all foliage that falls below the water line to keep the bacteria amount to a minimum.  This is the best way to ensure your flowers are getting the nutrients they need.  Keep the arrangement in a cool place and out of direct sunlight to prevent wilting. 

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Every day or every couple days, change the water to fresh, lukewarm water, add more flower food and cut the stems the same way; at an angle at about one inch. 



If your arrangement did not come with a flower food packet you can make your own with items around the house.  The first thing is a couple DROPS of bleach to keep bacteria away.  The second is one or two tbsp. of lemon juice to add acidity.  The third is one tbsp. of sugar which is a flower food source.   This recipe will not be as strong as the commercial packets but will help keep your flowers alive longer.  Putting too much may cause the flowers to die so be careful. 



Flowers these days are too pretty and too expensive to only have them for a few days.  With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy them for a week or two!

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