Utah Style and Design

Facts of Life: How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh

May 1, 2019

Want your cut flowers to last longer?

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Shiann Chambers, owner and chief florist at Salt Lake City’s iconic Wilde Honey blooms truck, offers six super tips for at-home petal lovers, to keep your flowers fresh as long as possible. 

1. Give your stems a haircut by trimming an inch off as soon as you take them home. Cut at a 45 degree angle to increase the surface area from which the flowers drink. 

 2. Remove all foliage that falls below the water line to prevent bacteria from taking over.

 3. Add a few drops of bleach to your water. This won’t hurt your blooms, and it helps prevents bacterial growth.

 4. Change the water regularly, every 1-2 days. 

5. Beware of crystallized floral food. Floral food is great, but the crystallized form can get stuck in stems and block water absorption. Use warm water to dissolve the food before adding it to your water and placing your stems. 

6. Take the temperature. Flowers live longest in cold water, but warm water speeds up blooming if you’re in a pinch. 

Megan Bartholomew
Megan Hulse Bartholomew is the web editor for Utah Bride & Groom and Utah Style & Design magazines. She recently graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in English and Journalism, and is currently trying to catch up on 5+ years of pleasure reading.

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