Keep your fresh cut flowers longer without using floral preservative by cutting your flowers before they bloom or buying an arrangement from the grower. When you start out with flowers that are ready to bloom they will open up throughout the week.
I enjoy cutting flowers and making arrangements for my home decor. I like the idea of setting a cheerful floral arrangement on the breakfast table and prefer that the flowers stay fresh for more than a day. Through trail and error I learned how to keep cut flowers fresher longer.
I will leave outward leaves as a little greenery looks good in a bouquet. After I I have trimmed the leaves from the stems I will look for a vase to accommodate my cut flowers. I like to choose a vase that will provide the stems with plenty of room. Wash the vase before you use it with hot soapy water and rinse well.
Fill the vase with three inches of tepid filtered water. (water that has no chemicals, pipe sediments, trace minerals or bacteria). Your floral bouquet will keep fresh longer when the water is fresh and clean. Add your cut flowers to the vase.
Maintain the fresh cut appearance by removing the flowers from the vase daily. Cut the stems of the flowers and empty the water from the vase. Wash the vase with hot soapy water before you refill the vase with filtered water. Rearrange the flowers into the vase.
By changing the vase water daily and cutting the flower stems you will keep your fresh cut flowers longer.