Top Tips For Keeping Fresh Cut Flowers Blooming For Longer

Whether you’ve nurtured some beautiful wildflowers in your garden, or handpicked a selection of blooms from your local florist, there’s nothing quite like the scent and pop of colour that freshly cut flowers can bring to your home. That’s why we’re sharing our top tips on how to arrange your very own stunning floral bouquet whilst ensuring your blooms will look their best for longer.

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1. Water

Put your flowers in water as soon as you get them home. Put tepid water into a bucket, add some flower preservative, and then add your flowers.

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2. Closed Blooms

Warm water can help closed flowers like Roses to open fully. Leave them in water for a day or two before using them in your flower arrangement.

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3. Foam Block

Use florist’s foam to keep flowers in place and well hydrated so they will last longer. Soak the foam for 15 minutes before cutting it to fit your vase. Water the foam in your display every couple of days.

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4. Cut Stems

Cut just an inch off the stems with a sharp knife. This will help the stems drink up the water more easily.

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5. Trimming

Re-cut stems just before you add them to the arrangement. Strip off any leaves that fall into the water line.

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6. Choosing Flowers

Start with putting the large flowers in first, turn your arrangement as you are creating your display to ensure even coverage throughout. Use smaller blooms to fill in, and remember to leave enough space between the stems so individual flowers have room to bloom. Add flowers with various heights and shapes to give depth.

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7. Heighten Your Display

Make your bouquet taller than its vase by one and a half times and ensure the height balances the width.

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8. Matching Colours

Try mixing in different textures of flowers to create a monochromatic display that’s pleasing to look at.

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9. Fill-In

Keep the larger leaves and stems with leaves on them to fill in around the display. Try draping some of the greenery over the rim of your vase.

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10. Placement of Your Floral Display

Choose a location that is away from heat and the sunlight. Re-cut stems and add fresh water often.

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