Want to get an extended vase life from your fresh-cut zinnias? Follow these tips for a long-lasting flower arrangement.
Always start with a clean vase or floral foam. Then prepare each flower for arrangement. If you are cutting your own flowers, start with the freshest flowers you can find. Look for flowers that are just starting to open, with sturdy stems and bright, vibrant colors.
Cut the stems on a 45-degree angle using sharp garden snips or scissors. Cut the stems early in the morning when the plants are still cool and hydrated.
Remove any leaves or thorns from the lower part of the stems that will be submerged in water. This will help prevent bacteria growth and keep the water clean.
Immediately after cutting, place the stems in a vase filled with clean, lukewarm water. And allow them to sit for a few hours so the acclimate to life in a vase.
Re-cut stems on an angle and arrange flowers in a second vase with room temperature water.
Add flower food to the water to help extend the life of the flowers. Alternatively, you can make your own flower food by mixing a quart of water with 2 crushed aspirins, a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of bleach.
Keep flowers in a cool shady spot that is away from direct sunlight and drafts.
Follow along to learn more about how to grow zinnias and enjoy the flowers.