Updated: Feb 7, 2021
Get the longest lifespan from your fresh or dried flowers by following a few simple tips...
Place your flowers in fresh clean water as soon as you receive them. Make sure the vessel you're using is also clean and doesn't contain debris from a previous arrangement.
Bleach or baby sterilising liquid works best for making sure the vessel is bacteria free.
Change the water every 2 to 3 days or as soon as it starts to look dirty.
At this point also re-trim the stems at a 45 degree angle.
Keep displays away from fruit, direct sunlight and heat as all of these will shorten the vase life of your blooms.
All flowers are of course perishable but some have a longer vase life than others. I recommend plucking out individual stems when they start to look a little sad. You can then continue to enjoy the rest of your arrangement for as long as possible.
Dried flowers can last for years if well looked after.
It might sound obvious but DO NOT place in water.
If you received your dried flowers in the post, they might be slightly misshaped from the travel. Hang them upside down in a dark dry room for at least 48 hours and this should help straighten them up again.
Keep away from direct sunlight as this can cause the colours to fade.
Display in a dry moisture free room, dried flowers aren't really suited to bathrooms, the moisture in the air can cause them to go mouldy.
Keep dust at bay by using a hair drier on a low power and cool setting.
Dried flower can be more brittle than fresh flowers so handle with care to avoid breakages.