As florists, we’re so thankful for Valentine’s Day and also happy when it’s behind us. Will and I own seven flower shops (Williams Flower and Gift) here in the Puget Sound that were originally started up by his parents when he was just a little boy, so his idea of Valentine’s Day (and Mother’s Day, for that matter), have never been typical! These holidays were always intense work weeks for him and his family.
When we were newly married, though, it was all very foreign to me! I remember on a particularly busy Valentine’s Day, before we purchased the shops from his parents, being recruited on Valentine’s Eve to help put together dozen-rose bouquets. It felt like Santa’s workshop in the design center as us “flower elves” worked through the night to ensure everyone got their arrangements the next day. It honestly felt a little magical! (And stressful and tiring, to be honest!)
All that background aside, one of my favorite things about Valentine’s Day is how after a long work week, Will brings home a bouquet arranged by one of our incredibly talented floral designers. Isn’t this year’s bouquet gorgeous? I had to get in some pictures with it, I loved it so much.
Anyway, having just come off of Valentine’s Day week, I thought I’d share some tips on how to best care for any beautiful bouquets you might be admiring this time of year.
- Check the water every day. If the water looks dirty, or if any of the stems aren’t completely submerged, give your bouquet some fresh water. It seems obvious, but I can’t stress how important this is. If your arrangement is secured in a grid of tape or if the stems are inserted into foam, you can carefully turn the bouquet upside down and it should stay secure, making it easy to change the water. If the stems aren’t secured in tape or foam, you can simply lift your flower bundle out of the vase while holding everything in place and then change out the water. Room temperature water is best.
- Speaking of temperature, it plays the biggest role in keeping flowers alive and vibrant. Don’t put your bouquet in a drafty place or near a vent or stovetop. Also, don’t place it near a window that gets a lot of harsh sunlight. If you’re wanting to preserve your flowers so that you can display them at a special event, find a cool place to store them (at about 40 degrees) and then bring them out for the big party.
- There is no need to add flower food to the bouquet if the water still looks good that you received from the florist (they already added it).
- If there are browning petals that are wilting, simply pick them off; there’s probably a beautiful bloom beneath these guard petals and pulling them off will actually help the flower to open. In that same vain, if there’s a flower that’s really not doing well in your bouquet that no amount of petal peeling can fix, remove the flower from the bouquet. Don’t let one dying flower ruin the rest of the bundle.
- Spritz your bouquet with a spray bottle. Hydrangeas, in particular, really benefit from a little misting.
- If you’ve purchased a bouquet, then the stems have likely already been cut. But you can cut them again if the bouquet (or a particular flower in the bouquet) isn’t doing well. Cut 1-2 inches off the stems at an angle, as needed. Sometimes bacteria grows in the water and it can clog up the stems, so cutting the stems can breath new life into the flowers.
That’s it for now! Hope these tips help you love on your Valentine’s bouquets a little longer!
PS. After this cutie snapped a few pictures of me with my bouquet, I made her take some pictures with the heart garland we made for Valentine’s decor last year. Love this girl! Happy Belated Valentine’s Day, everyone!