7 secrets to flower food & keeping your fresh flowers fresh
by Ardith Beveridge, Tastemaker in Residence
Just in case a beautiful bouquet lands on your Valentine's table, here are the best ways to keep those little lovelies fresh! I know some of these instructions take a little time, but which do you prefer: droopy flowers in yucky water, or enjoying them an extra week?
- Mix flower food in warm water, your flowers will enjoy warm water on their feet.
- Read the directions for using flower food; there is sugar to feed the flowers, an ingredient to keep bacteria low and an ingredient to keep the PH balance accurate
- Measure Flower Food with the correct amount of water.
- Change the water in the vase every couple of days, or when it becomes cloudy, dump the water, wash and rinse the container, fill with water and flower food
- Take the old flowers and the ones older on a stem out of your bouquet, the bouquet will last longer.
- For Arrangements in foam, soak the foam in fresh warm water with flower Food
- Mix a container of Flower Food and water to add to the design when there is no water in the reservoir of the container, then fill, sometimes twice a day. With heat on in the house, the foam dries out faster.