How to Lengthen the Life of
Two of the top
questions Americans ask when purchasing flowers are "How do I
take care of them?" and "How long will they last?"
Whether it's a single bud, a small bunch or an abundant arrangement, a
little extra care can make a big difference.
arrangements last between 4-7 days, depending on the types of flowers
used and the type of care they receive. The Society of American Florists
suggests these tips for longer-lasting, more vibrant flowers:
For floral arrangements
Keep the vase filled
or floral foam soaked with water containing a flower food provided by
If the flower food
solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely. If possible, recut stems
by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife.
Keep flowers in a
cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight,
heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of
televisions or radiators. (Appliances like televisions give off heat,
causing flowers to dehydrate.)
For loose bunches or
If you can't get
your flowers in a flower food solution right away, keep them in a cool
Fill a clean, deep
vase with water and add the flower food obtained from your florist. Be
sure to follow the directions on the package.
Remove leaves that
will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial
Recut stems with a
sharp knife. Do this underwater -- this allows the stems to draw in
water instead of air -- and place the flowers in the vase solution
If you purchase
loose flowers for your own arrangements you should also consider these
When selecting flowers, look for
flowers with upright, firm petals and buds beginning to open. Yellow,
spotted or drooping leaves are signs of age.
When using woody stems and branches
(such as quince, forsythia or lilac), cut the stem with sharp pruning
shears. Place in warm water containing fresh flower food to promote
Not only are green and flowering
plants a great enhancement to any home or office decor, they are also
beneficial to your health. The results of a study by the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) show that common houseplants
are powerful, natural air cleaners -- all the more reason why you want
to keep your plants healthy with the proper care.
While they usually come with care
instructions specified for the type of plant, the Society of American
Florists offers these general guidelines to keep most green houseplants
Keep plants in
Natural light is best,
however, some plants also can thrive in office fluorescent light. Most
flowering potted plants should be placed in areas with the most light in
order to maintain good flower color and promote the maximum number of
flowers to open. Foliage plants will do well under lower light levels
and can be placed in areas providing reduced light.
Plant soil should be kept
moist at all times
Plants should not be allowed
to dry out or wilt. However, avoid overwatering; do not allow plants to
stand in water. Avoid wetting leaves.
Avoid excessive heat or
Plants should be maintained
between 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit for best performance.
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