Start your bouquet off on the right foot by giving the bouquet a quick trim. Find a pair of scissors, kitchen shears or even a sharp kitchen knife and trim at least 1/2″ off each stem.
Aim for a 45° angle. This provides more surface area for the flowers to drink from and prevents the stems from sitting flush to the bottom of the vase (where bacteria can build up). Daily stem trims (or as often as you can remember) will also help to ensure your stems can get a fresh drink as they age!
Fill a vase with cool tap water and pop the bouquet in.
Change the water daily (or as often as you can possibly remember!) This helps reduce the growth of bacteria in the vase water which will help you to get more bloom life from your bouquet.
Help your flowers live their best life and keep them out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. Unlike in the field, cut flowers do not love sunshine or heat. In fact, both can dramatically shorten their lifespan in the vase.
Remove Wilted Blooms
Lastly, it is important to remember that with a mixed arrangement different flowers will have longer blooming life than others. Take care to remove the blooms that begin to wilt before the others. Just like changing the vase water, this will help to prevent excessive bacteria build up and extend the life of the rest of the flowers in the arrangement
Hydrangeas need a lot of water! Mist petals using a spray with clean water every other day to avoid dehydration. If the flower wilts, completely submerge the flower head in water, cut stem and place it in the vase again. It will revive!
If your flowers are in floral foam, add water to the arrangement every few days.