5 Tips for Keeping Your Valentine's Day Flowers Alive Even Longer

Keep your flowers lasting longer and fuller with these pro tips.

Valentine's Day is a magical day (or weekend, this year!), especially if you just got a surprise bouquet of fresh-cut florals from your bae. But if you notice some quick wilting, it's time for emergency floral care. Cameron Hardesty, director of products for UrbanStems, shares her top five tips for keeping flowers thriving long after Valentine's Day ends.

Photo by: UrbanStems

Buy Local

Start with where you buy your flowers; the closer you can get to the day they were cut, the longer they'll last. So try to buy directly from the farm, if possible.

Snip, Snip

As soon as your flowers get home, re-cut them, snipping about half an inch from the bottom of the stems, and put them in fresh water. Re-cut your stems every other day, and change the water to keep them well hydrated.

Eat Up

Add flower food (most florists will include flower food with your order) to the vase. If you don't have any flower food, you can easily make your own.

Homemade Flower Food

  • 1 quart water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • splash of bleach

Shade, Baby

Growing plants love light, but cut flowers hate it. Keep your flowers out of direct light — both sunlight and artificial — to keep them looking fresh for longer.

Open Up

But if you have, for instance, two dozen tight roses, and you want to make them look fuller for Valentine's Day, re-cut them and put them in very warm water. Change the water when it cools, and repeat the process until the roses begin to open. Warm water and heat encourage flowers to open, which will make your Valentine's Day flowers even more impressive. Just be sure to re-cut your stems every time you give them fresh water.

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