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The Importance of Vase Life

I get questions from time to time from my customers and from my readers about how to get their floral arrangements to last as long as possible. Each flower has a particular vase life, like a product shelf life, but there are a lot of things that can be done to extend that and to make sure that your fresh flower arrangements stay as beautiful as possible for as long as possible.

Naturally, always make sure that you get your flowers on the first possible day after they have been cut. Flowers start to age the moment the stems are cut. Depending on the flowers you are using in your arrangements, some of them may have come a long way to your local market. One of the best things you can do is find out when your favorite places to buy flowers gets their deliveries and then shop for what you want on that day. Most supermarkets, and floral vendors will mark flowers down as they are getting near the end of their vase life. That is a good fact to keep in mind if you are looking for flowers for a long lasting arrangement.

Adding a floral preservative and changing the water frequently in your vases will also improve vase life. One of the best things you can do is make sure to re-cut your blooms once you get them home with a good pair of floral shears, like those found in our FA101 Starter Kit. This will insure that the stems can easily take up water.

Next time I’ll be sharing with you some tips on which flowers last the longest.

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