Flower Arranging Tips

Floral expert Rebecca Cole brings Harvard research to life with how-to ideas for everyday display and care.

| February 2007

Making Flowers Last

  • Care for your flowers to keep them lasting. Before you put the flowers in the vase, remove all leaves below the waterline, and include flower food for extra nutrients. If the water becomes cloudy after a few days, replace it entirely with properly mixed flower food solution. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife or scissors.
  • Flowers have different life spans. Once some flowers begin to fade, remove them, and transfer the longer-lasting flowers to a smaller vase to place elsewhere in your home.
  • Shop strategically. Know what’s on special at the supermarket, and ask your florist for the freshest varieties in stock that day.
  • “Whether experimenting on your own or eliciting the help of a floral expert, bringing flowers into your home will brighten your mood as well as your surroundings,” says Cole.