Fresh Flowers have a way of captivating our imagination and creativity, bringing joy into our lives.  However, as we all know, fresh flowers do not last forever.  We at Pembertons have a few tips and tricks to help prolong the life of your precious, hand crafted bouquet.

One great way to ensure your flower arrangement lasts its longest is to change the water in the vase.  Bacteria can form in the water, so this step is very crucial for a long vase life.  Bunch the flowers up with your non-dominant hand just above the neck of the vase, and then lift the flowers up and out.  Now use your free hand to pour the water out and re-fill with fresh water.  We recommend you change the water every 1-3 days.  If your bouquet has floral foam, use a watering can to top off the reservoir.  Fresh flower preservative can also be added to the water, giving your bouquet the energy and nutrients  it needs.  Follow the instructions of the preservative packet for optimal results.

Temperature can play a vital role in the longevity of your fresh floral design.  Too hot and the blooms will wither, too cold and they can freeze.  A general rule of thumb, keep them as cool as possible without freezing.  We keep our cooler set to 40 degrees, which keeps our flowers fresh as a daisy!  Also, try to avoid leaving them in a hot car.  The temperature of a car in direct sunlight in the middle of summer will impact your vase life, even within just a few minutes, which brings me to my next point…

Direct Sunlight and drafty areas will also have a tendency to shorten vase life.  Keep your flowers away from any heat vents in the area, and anywhere that the sun will shine directly on the blooms.  It is also advisable to keep them away from any windows if the sun will shine on the bouquet for any extended period of time.

As we all know, a little TLC will go a long way.  In the floral industry, some tender love and care will make the difference between a quality, long lasting piece, and one that is going to last the afternoon.  We take all the precautions necessary for preparation of the flowers before they are even designed, so all you need to do is follow the tips from above.