General Flower Care

Certain varieties of cut flowers last longer than others. For example, carnations can remain vibrant for long periods while roses have a shorter vase life, but are prized for their special and delicate beauty. When buying flowers, be sure to ask your florist how long you should expect your arrangement to last.

Whatever variety you choose, a little TLC will go a long way to keep your blooms looking fresh longer. Here a few handy tips:

  • make sure all vases are cleaned and dust free prior to adding water.
  • take off all leaves on stems that will be below the water line, this will limit any bacterial growth in the water.
  • add floral food.
  • keep flowers in a cool area (65-72 degrees Fahrenheit or 18-22 degrees Celsius) away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, direct drafts and ceiling fans.
  • keep off of televisions or radiators as they give off heat causing flowers to dehydrate.
  • keep away from fruit bowls as some fruit let off ethylene gases which will kill your flowers.
  • keep away from smoke.


Rose Care

Have your vase clean and dust free, add your floral food and warm water for roses. All roses must be cut with a sharp KNIFE on an angle and placed immediately in water, never use scissors or shears on roses as they will squeeze the stem and prevent water to reach the top of the head.

When flowers are arranged in water

Keep the vase filled with water containing a flower food provided by your florist. Flower foods make flowers last longer but it is important to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. Most packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of water. Flower foods should not be diluted with more water than is specified on the packet.
If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely with properly mixed flower food solution. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Be sure to use a sharp knife or clippers that will not crush the stems. Immediately place the stems into solution.

Remove all leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacteria growth that can harm the flowers.

When your flowers arrive in wet foam

Keep floral foam soaked daily, in water containing floral food provided by your florist. Be sure to follow the directions on the package.

Loose Bunches

Fill a clean (washed with a detergent or antibacterial cleaning solution), deep vase with water and add a flower food from your florist.

Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by the flower.
Re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Place the flowers in the vase solution you've prepared.

When your Flowers have woody stems and Branches: (such as forsythia, quince or lilacs)
Cut stems with sharp pruning shears, place in warm water containing fresh floral food to promote flower opening.


Selecting Flowers

When selecting flowers, look for flowers with upright, firm petals and buds beginning to open. Yellow, spotted or drooping leaves are signs of age.

What is floral food and why use it?

Floral food is a combination of additives that help to nourish the flowers and discourage bacteria from growing in the water. It is one of the best – and easiest- ways to extend the life of your flowers. It is very important to follow the directions on the package correctly. Improperly mixed floral food can do more harm than good.

Remember to always ask your Enchanted Florist about flower or plant care. Please give us a call today at 403.255.5999 or send us an email at