MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Figures show as many as 95 million flowers are delivered on Valentine’s Day. But for many people, they don’t last too long in the vase.
WCCO’s Aristea Brady thought it would only be timely to ask experts a question many of you probably thought about today: How do I make my roses last?
“If you receive them in a vase, you want to make sure you continually change out that water,” Susie Bachman-West of Bachman’s Floral said.
She added that many flowers delivered in-vase also come with a preservative agent in the water that prevents bacteria.
If you receive your flowers in a sleeve, you’ll want to remove any foliage that’s broken and cut the stems underwater. It’s important to do that with roses because they have a thick stem that can take up air, which will prevent the flow of water to the bloom.
You should cut the stems at a 45-degree angle.
Bachman-West said that tulips in particular can take a lot of water, so make sure to keep replenishing that water supply.
She said that if you follow her advice, your bouquet should look fresh and lively for upwards of a week. If not, you may only have days with your love token.