Add a floral preservative such Crysal or Floralife to a clean vase and fill half way with tepid water. If you don’t have any make your own 1 tsp. sugar, 1 tsp bleach, 2 tsps. lemon juice to 1 qt. of lukewarm water.
Hydrangea, Lilac, Viburnum, and all woody stemmed flowers: Re-cut on an angle, put in hot water with floral preservative. Repeat as often as possible to prevent wilting. Do not crush Lilac stems with a hammer.
Take pollen out of of lilies. It prolongs the life of the bloom and does not stain furniture when it drops.
Do not use floral preservative on any tropical flowers.
Only put Calla Lillies and Hyacinth in about 2-3” of water to prevent the stems from getting slimy.
Put a drop of bleach or Dawn detergent in water with sunflowers to prevent water from turning brown and oily.
Always re-cut fresh flowers on an angle before you put them in fresh water.
Avoid cutting with scissors or clippers that pinch the stalks. A sharp knife is best unless cutting large branches.
Keep the flowers out of direct sunlight and heat. Change the water in the vases daily if possible to reduce bacteria count.
Flowers shouldn’t be refrigerated with fruit as fruit emits ethylene gas that speeds flower maturity.
To hold flowers for a few days, put them in a container of water in a cool, dark place. The optimum holding temperature is 33 degrees, however, refrigerator temperatures will also slow the maturity. Allow 2-3 days for tight buds to open. To hasten opening, place the stems in warm water in a warm place with good light.