Being the gem that you are for choosing local farm fresh flowers means you can already expect a long vase life from your flowers, but there are a few tips and tricks you can do to ensure your blooms stay looking fresh and fabulous for as long as possible.
When you receive your bouquet trim 1cm off your stems at a 45 degree angle. This provides more surface area for the flowers to drink and prevents the stems from sitting flush to the bottom of the vase where bacteria can build up.
H20 Just Add Water
Don’t be afraid of the water Cleo, change your water everyday. (I’m lazy so I probably do it every 2 or 3 days but it’s better than no days!)
Don’t Forget The Vase
Who would have thought flowers are quite poor in the hygiene department… they do leave a bit of a mess. Give your vases a real good clean between arrangements with hot soapy water and give them a good old scrub.
Feed your Flowers
Add 1 tsp bleach and 2 tsp sugar to your water to help keep it clean, it also provides a tasty treat for your flowers.
Keep your flowers away from direct sunlight, extreme heat, and fruit (my brother EXCELS at this step because he lives in a den and hasn't laid eyes on a piece of fruit in years)
Hunger Games: The Flower Edition
It’s last flower standing. Each flower has a different vase life so pick out the flowers that fade and wilt first to keep the bunch looking fresh.
The Usual Suspects
Below is a list of infamous flowers known for being particularly naughty and turning water murky and dark sometimes overnight. When your arrangement features these flowers it's more important that you change the water regularly and/or add a few drops of bleach into the water.
rudbeckia (black eyed susan)
The Above & Beyond Club
If you are really serious about getting longevity from your flowers you can use a technique called scalding. Scalding is the flower equivalent to eating a maccas cheeseburger after a big night out..it will help make you look less like death warmed up. When your flowers are starting to droop cut roughly 1cm off your stems and dip them into boiling water for 30 seconds. Immediately place them back into fresh water and voila! they will perk right back up and look and feel like new born babies.