The unexpected delivery of fresh flowers will brighten your day, but even purchasing or growing them yourself makes the day feel a little sunnier. You will want your flowers to stay fresh and look vibrant, so it is important to know how to care for them so they will look lovely even after you have them overnight. Putting a little effort into caring for your cut flowers will make it easier to justify their expense because you can enjoy them longer.
Change the water and, if needed, the vase at night to ensure that the water and container do not have bacteria so your flowers will remain healthy and long lasting. You may be running around during the day so it will probably be easier to take a few steps in the evening to maintain the beauty of your cut flowers.
Add a small amount of bleach, about a teaspoon, to the fresh water as it will help kill bacteria and keep the water looking clean.
Look at the stems and make sure they are cut diagnally. Stems should be periodically cut while submerged in water so that the stems can easily absorb water. Toss out any cut stems in the trash. Fresh water keeps your flowers moist. You can also spray the cut flowers with a light mist of cold water.
At night, move your floral arrangement to a refrigerator if it will fit. Neither you or your guests will be enjoying the flowers in the late evening, so it is the perfect time to cool them off. Flowers last longer when they are in a cool environment. If you have ever gone to a florist, you may have noticed many floral arrangements are kept in a refrigerated unit.
If your flower arrangement will not fit in a refrigerator at night. try moving the arrangement to a cool area in the house that is away from a heating element or vent. All houses heat differently, so determine the coolest room in your home and position the flowers there so that they can enjoy the cooler air.