For The Home

Keeping Fresh Flowers Fresh


Ask AnnieDear Annie – I have a houseful of people coming for Thanksgiving and I always like to have fresh cut flowers. Any ideas for helping them stay in bloom for a week? – Sally, KY

Dear Sally

I enjoy fresh flowers in the house, as well, and I’ve included fresh flowers on my dining room table and my home for as long as I can remember.  I’ve learned a few tips over the years to help keep cut blooms looking their best. These six ideas make it easy to incorporate nature into your day-to-day living without making more work for yourself.

  1. Place freshly cut flowers in cold water, not warm water. Warm water dehydrates flowers.
  2. Place cut flowers in the refrigerator for 6 hours before arranging them – it triples their lifesplan.
  3. Use hot water (between 110F and 200F) to restore very wilted flowers (the more wilted the stems are, the hotter the water should be).
  4. Flower stems should be in about t6 inches of water. If you’re cooling flowers, you’ll want the water to cover the entire flower stamp.
  5. Recut flower stems every few days.
  6. Remove all leaves and foliage below the water line.

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).