Tips to keep your Valentine bouquets fresh

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Whether your flowers arrive in a vase of water or in foam, it is important to keep the stems watered. Pour a little fresh water in the planter from time to time to assure the longest life span.
Julie Smith/News Tribune photo: Whether your flowers arrive in a vase of water or in foam, it is important to keep the stems watered. Pour a little fresh water in the planter from time to time to assure the longest life span.


Valentine's Day is nearly here, and with it, plenty of beautiful blooms. But what can you do to help boost their lifespan?

Floral designer Linda Taylor at River City Florist shared her tips on keeping your bouquet looking its best for as long as possible.

Water

Possibly one of the most important tips on keeping your blooms fresh for longer is the water.

"We would suggest for our clients to change the water, even daily, just to kind of get the impurities out. I know some people can't do that, but if nothing else, top it off with some fresh water," Taylor said.

Certain flowers have longer lives than others. For instance, daisy palms and carnations will last longer than roses or hydrangeas. As flowers begin to die off, it's important to pull them from the vase since they can contaminate the water.

Trim

When changing the water, you can also trim the bottom of the stems to help increase the flowers' lifespan.

"That kind of helps open those stem cells to take up some more water," Taylor said.

Placement

Do you place your flowers in a sunny window? Well, you may not be alone. Many think it's the best place for them, but that may not be the best choice for your bouquet.

"That's not the greatest thing because the heat will bounce off and actually get hotter near those locations, so a little bit away from a window is good," Taylor said.

And it's not just a sunny window that can hurt them; a cold window is just as harmful.

Somewhere like a side table, where it gets light, but not direct light, is best. Taylor added it's also important to keep flowers away from direct heat sources as well, such as fireplaces, as this can dry them out faster.

Protection

Depending on the weather, you also want to be mindful of traveling with your bouquet before gifting it to your Valentine. Flowers don't handle being shocked by the cold well while traveling from the store to your car, or from your car to your door.

"If it's 20 degrees outside, you cannot carry a fresh bouquet out in the elements and think that it will last as long as if you'd covered it," Taylor said.

For this reason, Taylor says River City Florist will wrap the top of the bouquet in plastic to keep the cold from the delicate flowers.

  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune photo: When changing the water for your flowers, use that time to trim the bottom of the stems, which will increase the flowers' lifespan.
 
 
  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune photo: It is important to remove any leaves or other material that has fallen into the water when emptying the vase daily to replace the old water.
 
 
  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune photo: In addition to changing the water daily and trimming the stem ends, remove leaves near the base of each flower before placing in a vase.
 
 
  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune photo: One of the biggest factors in keeping cut flowers alive for the longest time possible is replacing the water daily.
 
 
  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune photo: One of the biggest factors in keeping cut flowers alive for the longest time possible is replacing the water daily.
 
 
  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune photo: One of the biggest factors in keeping cut flowers alive for the longest time possible is replacing the water daily.
 
 
  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune photo: In addition to changing the water daily and trimming the stem ends, remove leaves near the base of each flower before placing in a vase.