Essential Floral Care Tips from Aster Lane

Essential Floral Care Tips from Aster Lane

At Aster Lane, we believe that flowers have the power to brighten any space and lift any mood. Whether you’ve received a beautiful bouquet from a loved one or picked up some fresh blooms for your home, proper care is essential to ensure they stay vibrant and fresh for as long as possible. Here are some expert tips to help you get the most out of your flowers. 

  1. Start with a Clean Vase

One of the most important steps in keeping your flowers fresh is starting with a clean vase. Residual bacteria in a dirty vase can quickly shorten the lifespan of your blooms. Before arranging your flowers, wash your vase with warm, soapy water and rinse it thoroughly. This simple step can make a significant difference in how long your flowers last. 

  1. Trim the Stems

When you first bring your flowers home, it's crucial to trim the stems before placing them in water. Use sharp, clean scissors or a floral knife to cut about one to two inches off the stems at a 45-degree angle. This angle increases the surface area for water absorption, helping your flowers stay hydrated. Re-trim the stems every few days to maintain optimal water uptake. 


  1. Remove Leaves Below the Water Line

Leaves submerged in water can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can shorten the lifespan of your flowers. Remove any leaves that will be below the water line in your vase. This not only helps keep the water clean but also ensures that the plant’s energy is directed towards the blooms rather than decaying foliage. 

  1. Change the Water Regularly

Fresh, clean water is essential for keeping your flowers vibrant. Change the water in your vase every two days to prevent bacterial growth. When you change the water, rinse the vase and refill it with fresh, room-temperature water. Adding a floral preservative to the water can also help extend the life of your flowers by providing essential nutrients and reducing bacterial growth. 

  1. Keep Flowers Cool

Flowers thrive in cool environments, so avoid placing your arrangements in direct sunlight or near heat sources like radiators and appliances. Additionally, keep your flowers away from drafts and fruit bowls. Ripening fruits release ethylene gas, which can cause flowers to wilt prematurely. A cool, shaded spot is ideal for maintaining the freshness of your blooms. 

  1. Use Floral Preservatives

Floral preservatives can significantly extend the life of your flowers. These packets typically contain a mix of sugar, acidifiers, and bleach to nourish the flowers, maintain the water’s pH balance, and inhibit bacterial growth. If you don't have a floral preservative, you can make your own by mixing a teaspoon of sugar, a teaspoon of white vinegar, and a few drops of bleach into a quart of water. 

  1. Mist the Flowers

In addition to keeping the stems hydrated, misting the flowers with water can help maintain their freshness, especially for delicate blooms like roses and orchids. Use a spray bottle to lightly mist the petals every day. This can help prevent wilting and keep the flowers looking vibrant. 


  1. Remove Wilting Flowers

As much as we wish flowers could last forever, some will inevitably wilt before others. Remove any wilting flowers from the arrangement promptly. This prevents the spread of ethylene gas, which can cause the remaining flowers to wilt more quickly. Regularly checking and pruning your bouquet will help the remaining flowers stay fresh longer. 

  1. Keep an Eye on Water Levels

Flowers drink a lot of water, especially in the first few days after being arranged. Check the water level in your vase daily and add more water as needed. Keeping the water level high ensures that your flowers remain hydrated and can absorb the nutrients they need. 

  1. Enjoy Your Flowers!

Last but not least, take the time to enjoy your beautiful flowers. Arranging and caring for flowers can be a therapeutic and rewarding experience. By following these simple care tips, you can extend the life of your blooms and continue to enjoy their beauty and fragrance for days to come. 

Visit Aster Lane Floral Shop 

At Aster Lane, we're passionate about flowers and committed to providing our customers with the highest quality floral arrangements. Whether you need wedding florals, event decorations, or just a lovely bouquet to brighten your home, our Parisian-inspired designs and unique customizations ensure that you receive the best. Visit us in store, book a consultation, or follow us on social media to stay updated on our latest creations and floral care tips. 

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