Fresh flowers as a gift are lovely, and the joy of receiving them and having them adorn your home for a while gives continued joy.

  • If you wish your blooms to last a bit longer, you can add a quarter teaspoon of bleach (per one litre of water) to the vase of water to inhibit the growth of bacteria.
  • You should place your flower arrangement in a cool area, away from heat, as this will hasten your flowers’ expiration. Avoiding direct sunlight will also aid in keeping your flowers fresh for longer.
  • Bacteria are not a friend to your fresh flowers, so be sure to keep the vase clean and change to fresh water at least every second or third day.
  • Another handy tip is to cut the stems of your flowers at an angle as soon as you receive them. They tend to draw air into their stems while out of the water; blocking absorption and cutting will remove any air bubbles and allow your flowers to draw up the fresh water in their vase.
  • Room temperature water is best for your flowers. If you wish to speed up the blooming of unopened buds, use warm water to help them open quicker. (The only side effect of this practice is that your beautiful blooms might die sooner).