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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Flower Tips Courtesy of ProFlowers

Courtesy of and with special permission of ProFlowers:

Flower Tips:
You just received a bright, blossoming bouquet from a friend, family member, coworker or the love of your life. You want to preserve this lovely sentiment for as long as possible, but how? Sadly, cut flowers have a shelf life. And while ProFlowers offers a seven-day freshness guarantee, flowers don’t last forever.
You may think you have tried everything in the book to make your flowers last longer, but you haven’t. Try any of these five uncommon flower care tips from our very own Floral Stylists and you are sure to see a vast improvement in the longevity of your blooms:
unique flower tips
1. Add about ¼ cup of Sprite to the water. The sugar from the soda essentially “feeds” the flowers and the lemon-lime flavoring has enough acidity to stop any harmful toxins from growing in the water.
2. Use garden shears, not scissors to trim the ends of the stems for a clean diagonal cut. The flowers can “drink” the nutrients from the water more easily and hence live longer.
3. Add a dash of bleach to the water to kill any bacteria—the number-one destroyer of flowers.
4. Remove the pollen before it starts to get all over the table, vase, etc.
5. Dump out dirty water, wash the vase and replace it with nice clean water every other day. Giving the flowers a clean environment makes them happier and last longer.
It’s always a little heartbreaking when your once beautiful blooms wither. Keep them fresh and vibrant for as long as possible, and preserve the happy feelings you got upon receiving them as well. Do you have any surprising or unusual methods for making flowers last?

Thanks to ProFlowers for this post.


  1. I did not know about Sprite! Can I use sugar and lemon juice instead? I do not drink soda much and do not keep it in stock...

  2. I've always heard that use very warm water after you have cut them as it open ups the stems so they can get the water.
    I always put in one of the little packets they send with the flowers. Use half of it and the other half when I change the water. Normally they give you two packets.
    My son use Pro Flowers all the time and they are very good if you are not happy with your flowers.
    Thanks for the tips.

  3. I didn't know about Sprite! Great tip!!
    Thanks for the tips:)

  4. Great tips. I do hate when my flowers start to droop. I had never heard about the sprite before either. I will give that a try!

  5. Cool tips! I've heard pennies in the water help, but I'm not sure :)

  6. These are great tips! I had no idea about the Sprite or the bleach. Thank you so much for sharing! :-)


  7. Interesting bit about the bleach, I thought that would kill the flowers too? I've always known about putting sugar in the water but not Sprite. I ought to try that next time I receive cut flowers.

  8. Great tips... I am going to give this a try the next time I cut some flowers.

  9. Wow - love the tips! Wouldn't have thought to do anything more than the little packet that comes with them ;)

  10. I love these tips Evelyn! My flowers always die so quickly when I get them. I will definitely be trying these tips the next time I have flowers in the house :)

  11. Wow- I never knew about the Sprite! Great tips!

  12. I've also heard of using bleach for your Christmas tree, but never tried it before. I love ProFlowers because they always last so long!

  13. Wow! What an eye-opening post. I had no idea, even though I know people use Sprite on Christmas trees. Thanks!


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