1. Always get your fresh flowers in water as soon as you can
  2. Make Sure your vase is clean you can either pop it in the dishwasher or bleach it to make sure its thoroughly clean
  3. Fill the vase with fresh cold water and flower food
  4. If you have no flower food you can make some up using a drop of bleach, a teaspoon of sugar, and two teaspoons of lemon or lime juice
  5. Remove the lower leaves from flower stems to stop contaminating the water they will only drink up water and you want the main flower stem to have the water
  6. Cut stem half an inch at a diagonal with sharp scissors
  7. Always keep away from direct heat
  8. Do not place near a fruit bowl as this will make your flowers age more rapidly as fruit gives of a gas called ethylene
  9. Refresh water and flower food every three days and re cut stems a little
  10. If your arrangement is in foam then a little water each day to stop it drying out


Fresh flowers will last longer if you give them a lot of care and attention, if you have been given a hand-tied in an aqua pack then follow these tips when you transfer to a vase after a couple of days as only a little water in a florist aqua pack