Flowers do best in the cold, so store them in a refrigerator, a cool basement, or crank up a window AC unit in a back room to keep them looking fresh.
Cut at least one inch off the bottom end of the flowers’ stems to help them soak up water. If the stem is white cut about half an inch above that line to ensure the flower is healthy and can drink a lot of water!
Cut off all leaves that will be submerged under water from the stem, this will help keep the arrangement’s water fresh and the water from being murky
Caring for an Arrangement
Most floral arrangements are going to last anywhere from 4-7 days, depending on the types of flowers used and the type of care they receive.
But the good news is that you can add to their vibrancy and longevity by following a few simple care instructions!
Keep the vase filled or floral foam soaked with water containing a bit of the flower food provided with your arrangement.
After a few days, if the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely using the rest of the flower food.
If possible, recut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife or a strong set of scissors.
And finally, keeping flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit) always helps! Think--away from direct sunlight, not near heating or cooling vents. Watch out for placing arrangements directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, causing flowers to dehydrate.)
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When perusing the market or corner store, make sure the flowers you’re buying aren't already past their peak.
Petals should feel firm and have no brown edges.
Keep an eye out for....
Attention grabbers, sometimes called “face flowers” (think peonies and roses)
More delicate, gestural varieties, like ranunculus or anemones (if it looks kinda like it’s waving at you, that’s a good sign).
Pay attention to height and shape by arranging taller stems near the top and back.
Fill in the gaps with small blooms.
Insert a few leaves of greenery near the bottom to form a casual "rim" for the arrangement.