Happy Valentine’s Day, Aleteia readers!
Cut stems on the diagonal. This classic trick is a must before arranging blooms. By cutting the stems diagonally, you increase the surface area at the bottom of the stem, and therefore also the amount of water the flower can drink up. Check and change the water daily. This is another obvious but necessary step. The water will get cloudy quickly (read: full of bacteria, yuck). Change it every day to ensure flowers get the clean water they need. Get the temperature juuuuust right. Keep fresh flowers from direct sun and other heat sources. To take it one step further (and make flowers last extra-long), by putting the arrangement in the fridge overnight. FTD did their own experiment, and this strategy came out as by far the best way to preserve a bouquet.
So, now that you don’t have to worry about getting the flowers in a vase, go tell Alexa to play a slow song and enjoy the rest of the evening!