How To Keep Flowers Healthy and to Last

Cut about 2.5 cms off the bottom of any soft stemmed flowers with a sharp knife and make sure you cut at an angle to maximise the water uptake.

With hard or woody stemmed flowers once you have made this first cut, you should scrape away the bark with a sharp knife for a further 7 cms. Then plunge the flowers stems deeply in the water for at least an hour before arranging.

Always use a clean container for arrangements with as deep a depth of water as possible, topping up daily. Remove all leaves which will be below water level. Wherever possible avoid putting the flowers in draughty or hot locations and keep out of direct sunshine.

Should any flower flag, again treat as above. If Roses should flop at their heads re-cut and put the stems only into boiling water for a short time.