1. Start with a clean vase. The cleaner your vase, the better. A dirty vase can have a high level of bacteria in it that can shorten the vase life of your blooms.
2. Open the flower food packet and add the contents to the vase. The flower food packet contains all the nutrients your flowers need and can increase vase life substantially.
3. Fill the vase with cool tap water, usually two-thirds full. Remember, not enough water will hamper your flowers’ hydration.
4. Remove lower leaves from each stem before adding to the vase. Leaves decay much faster underwater and can create bacteria which will shorten the life of your flowers.
5. Remove the “guard petal” from each rose. Any outer petal that is green or slightly discolored can be gently removed.
6. Cut flowers under water for best results. Snip each stem to desired height at an angle.