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  • Pauline Heft

Care+Feeding of Your Bouquet

Here are some helpful tips on caring for your flowers after they are delivered. No one likes sad, wilted blooms 5 days after they've arrived, so let's talk about all the easy, simple steps you can take to pamper your posies so they stay as fresh as can be for as long as can be.


First, the easiest step:

As soon as your bouquet arrives, put the stems in water! If you feel like your flowers have been waiting a while too long for your arrival, give them an extra stem snip before dunking them in. Make sure you cut the end of the stem at an angle to ensure ample stem-water-sucking. PRO TIP: if any leaves fall into your vase water, remove them! Mold and fungi can grow in the water and contaminate the water so quickly, making your stems mushy. Also, if the stems do become mushy over any amount of time, just give them a quick snip more. Your flowers can last up to two whole weeks following these tips!

Next! Give your flowers some food in their water. This can be much easier than you think. Flowers need simple things to stay alive in your lovely vase on your kitchen table, or in your windowsill: sugar and bacteria killer! You can use several household items, such as the following concoctions:

  1. 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar + 1/4 tsp sugar

  2. 1/4 c soda pop (if your vase is clear, use 7Up or Sprite, even Tonic Water will work)

  3. 1/4 tsp bleach + 1/4 tsp lemon water + 1/4 tsp sugar

  4. Vodka! this will help your flowers bloom too, add 2 tbsp every couple days

Personally, I use a mixture of lemon water, bleach and sugar this is mainly because I am out of apple cider vinegar and vodka is saved for cocktail hour in this house!

Definitely be sure to keep your flower water as fresh as possible. If you start noticing a strange smell coming from your vase, toss the old water and start new! Don't forget to snip your stems again if they got soft and mushy.


Remember, here at The Posy Pantry, if your flowers are dead within 1-2 days of arrival, I will replace the wilted ones with fresh blooms. Because nobody likes a vase full of sad posies.

Enjoy these tips!

all the best,



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