How to Extend the Life of Cut Flowers

July 12, 2016

VENDOR PROFILE: Flourish Flower Farm

Flourish Flower Farm grows specialty cut flowers using sustainable, natural practices in the mountains outside of Asheville, NC.   Since flowers are abundant this time of year and bring so much beauty to our natural surroundings and interior, we asked flower farmer, Niki Irving to share her top tips on making cut flowers last longer.




Caring for your cut flowers & extending the vase life: 


1. As soon as you bring home your cut flowers, add warm water and floral food to a clean vase. Cleanliness is of the utmost importance!


2. Trim the stems at an angle using a sharp knife. A sharp knife is better, as scissors tend to crush the stems and inhibit their ability to soak up water.


3. Discard any leaves growing low on the stem that may touch the water. Leaves in the water cause bacteria to grow, which is the #1 cause of short vase life of cut flowers.


4. Change the water daily (or as often as possible) to minimize bacteria growth.


5. Keep your flowers in a cool location and out of direct sunlight, if possible.


6. Admire your blooms!

Here are some of the varieties that Niki is  growing: 

Panache sunflowers, Valentine sunflowers, Cinnamon Sun Sunflowers, Cosmos Double Click Mix, Cosmos Versailles Mix, Cosmos Snow Puff, Zinnia Queen Red Lime, Zinnia Scabiosa Flowered Mix, Celosia Pampas Plume, Larkspur Imperial King, Aramato basil, Apple mint, Ammi (Queen Annes Lace) Queen of Africa, Celosia Bombay Rose, Centaurea Bachelor Buttons. 

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