I worked at a little mom and pop flower shop for a short time in college. It was such a peaceful and fun job - JUST LIKE A MOVIE (like one of those chick-flicks set in New York - you know where Meg Ryan works at a bookstore, but instead it's a flower shop), I loved it! We made bouquets and centerpieces for weddings and other big events. I think I would have kept that job forever if they'd had the budget for me - I really loved it! In that time I learned a few simple tricks about keeping arrangements fresh which I've since used to keep flowers around the house for longer amounts of time.
You all know I love a good $4 HEB bouquet permanently on my counter. If I had the money to practice making big floral arrangement centerpieces I would die...I would love that! I'd also LOVE to take a flower arranging class...do those exist? But for now, I buy my $4 bouquets and make them last as long as possible. Sometimes I splurge and buy the $10 white roses or tulips, sometimes...hardly ever.
So anyway here are my tricks! Go buy some pretty flowers!
How to Keep Flowers Fresh For-ev-er
- Make sure your vase is clean.
- Use flower food! I generally pick up lots of packs (the little ones in the floral department that they usually have sitting in a basket) whenever I'm at HEB. I put 1 bag of flower food in when I first trim the flowers and put them in the vase and then I put another pack in when I notice the flowers starting to look sad.
- Use cold water! And change the water EVERY. DAY.
- Cut the stem of the flowers right when you buy them and then cut them again when you notice them starting to look sad or when you think they need a little pep. (I learned at the floral shop that it's best to cut the stem at an angle for an increased surface area and greater water intake, but I usually just cut them with scissors and they are still fine.)
- Pay attention to whether your flowers like a lot of sun or prefer shade. For example: Hydrangea do much better in a shaded area of the house. Sunflowers, go-figure, flourish in the sun! So if you aren't sure, just google your flower's preference to sun exposure for a longer life span!