Because these beauties are sensitive to flouride, which is commonly added to tap water in many communities, use bottled water to gain the longest life from them.
- Remove any foliage that will be underwater once you place the stems in your container. Leaves decay when underwater and cause stems to clog, which restricts the uptake of water.
- Trim 2 to 3 inches off the bottom of each stem using a floral knife. Cut underwater to increase flower life. Trim at an angle to keep the stem's base from resting on the bottom of the vase, which impedes water uptake.
- Add floral food according to package directions. Arrange your flowers and place them in a cool spot away from drafts or sunlight. Each day, add warm water as needed and remove dying blooms. Every four to five days, cut off another 2 to 3 inches from flower stems. Then wash the vase; refill with fresh, warm water; add floral food and replace flowers.
Published by Floral Lifestyles, A publication of Vance Publishing Corporation