Flower Care

Tips & Tricks for Storing Bouquets

How to Store a Bouquet

When gifting a beautiful Bouq to a loved one, you may be worried about figuring out how to preserve fresh flowers. Not all flowers are the same and climate can make or break the strength of each bloom. Transporting your Bouq can be trickier than you think, which is why we’re here to help. As you get ready to deliver your thoughtful gift, here are a few tips on how to store a bouquet and how to keep flowers fresh and beautiful for as long as possible (or at least until you hand off the Bouq to its rightful owner.)


Fresh Water For Fresh Flowers

One of the biggest mistakes new flower owners make is keeping the same water present in the Bouq’s vase the entire time they are blooming. While adding water is important, keeping flowers fresh means that you must change the water and clean the vase every other day.

Although Bouqs are beautiful, the stems tend to release bacteria that collect and grow along the glass of the vase. This bacteria is what causes flowers to droop and wilt much faster than they would if the water was consistently fresh. If you’re storing your gifted Bouq for a little longer than a few days, a good hack to keeping the water fresh is dropping a penny in the water with a teaspoon of sugar. The copper from the penny will cause an acidic reaction that will eat away at the bacteria in the water.


Keep the Petals Hydrated

As much as your fresh flowers need to drink up water through their stems, their petals also need a frequent misting in order to keep them from drooping and wilting. Keep a spray bottle with fresh water next to your Bouq and mist the petals a few times a day. Flowers also soak up some water drops that land on their petals, so spritzing them once will help keep them hydrated. Not much water is needed; just enough to keep the petals moist and fresh until your designated time for delivery. Spraying the Bouq every time you walk by it is a great way to preserve fresh flowers.


Fridge Flowers are Fresh Flowers

Even though not all blooms can be stored in the refrigerator (succulents, cacti, etc.) many fresh cut flowers will stay preserved when being stored in a cool climate. While the flowers should not remain in the refrigerator all day, you can store them in a vase overnight for up to six hours. This will allow the flowers more time to soak up the water and maintain their freshness.

Make sure the refrigerator is set to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Clear off an entire shelf for the beautiful Bouq and keep the flowers in a vase that is three-quarters full of clean water. Make sure you remove ALL fruits from the refrigerator before storing your Bouq. Fruit emit ethylene gas that is toxic to fresh flowers and will cause them to wilt and die faster than their regular lifespan. Keep your flowers out to soak up the sun during the day until it’s time for delivery.


How to Safely Transport Your Bouq

When it comes times to transport your beautiful Bouq to your loved one, we have advice for the best way to package and deliver your fresh flowers. The trick is to keep your flowers upright and in place for the entire duration of the trip. Cutting a small square big enough to fit the entire bouquet is a great way to keep all the flowers upright. Wrap the stems in a damp paper towel to keep moisture in and to prevent any wilting. If only one Bouq is being transported, you can use a small bucket filled with a small amount of water to serve as your gifted Bouq’s temporary home.


With this advice, you can now purchase, store, and safely transport your fresh gifted Bouq to your loved one. If you’re still worried about how to store a bouquet, we suggest ordering one of our handcrafted custom Bouqs. We can take the burden of storing and transporting your fresh flowers off your shoulders and will deliver your gifted Bouq directly to the recipient. Go online and place your order today.

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