Valentine's Day has come and gone (good news for some of you
probably!), but those beautiful flowers are still in bloom. At
least for now. We know first hand how roses and bouquets can
brighten up your room or dining room table and certainly brighten
up your attitude, so we want to help you learn the tricks of
keeping your flowers last longer.
We consulted our Floral Department experts for a few handy tips,
and here they are. If you have additional tips to share, please
leave us a comment, we'd love to keep these beauties alive
Keeping the stems trimmed and the water fresh and plentiful is the
first step to keeping your flowers standing bright and tall. The
best way to cut your flowers it with a sharp (un-serrated) knife
and to cut at an angle. Any leaves that will be under water (in the
vase) should be removed, but not thorns on roses as that tends to
shorten their life span.
Who knew Vodka could help also? Vodka helps kill the mold and
bacteria which can grow on flowers (which is a huge killer of those
beautiful bouquets). Simply add a few drops of vodka (or any clear
spirit for that matter) and that will help them last longer. Same
goes with clear soda. Soda (preferably clear, especially if in a
clear vase) can help the blossoms last longer.
Adding a few tablespoons of sugar or lemon juice to the flower
water (known as their food) will also help. Plants are just like
humans (well almost!) as in they need daily food and water to
Remember not to store your flowers anywhere with a lot of heat
(i.e. the stove, which for some reason seems to be the favorite
spot of many flower lovers!).
When in doubt, next time you're in one of our grocery stores, stop
by the Floral Department and ask one of our experts, especially if
you have a favorite flower. The care and maintenance for each type
of flower can differ (although not greatly) and it's a good idea to
know the best plan of action.
Life's a Fiesta! Stop by your local Fiesta Mart this week and find
out what's going on inside (and of course stop by our Floral
Department even when it's not Valentine's Day).