Cut flowers intake more water than potted flowers since they’re not in soil that stays moist for a few days, which feeds them the nutrients and water they need daily. In addition, flowers in soil have their roots attached, keeping them alive and healthy. In contrast, cut flowers rely on their stems to keep them hydrated. However, the stems are prone to rotting quicker when they sit in water for a few days; they need fresh water daily. Bacteria is more likely to build up on the stems the longer they sit in the water.
Keeping your cut flowers fresh longer requires a few simple steps. Before you put your flowers in the vase with water, cut the stem’s ends at a 45-degree angle to expose new tissues, making it easier for them to drink the water. You can trim half an inch every few days to continue exposing new tissue and removing old stem breakage. Moreover, remove any leaves that will touch or be submerged in water because they can create bacteria. Once you clean up your flowers, place them in the vase and fill it with water. Most flowers have instruction labels explaining how much water and food to put in the vase. Avoid adding too much water since you’ll be changing it every day. Finally, choose a cool, shady location to display your flowers, as heat and sunlight can age and dry them out faster.