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Fresh Flower Care

Follow the tips below to ensure you are getting the most out of your fresh cut flowers and greenery.

fresh cold water

Water in the vase should be changed daily or at least every two days. 

flower food

This is not required but does help extend the vase life of your flowers by several days or more. Every bouquet from Nightingale comes with a packet of flower food. This can be split into two or three water changes. You do not have to use the whole packet for one water change.

snip, snip

Cutting the stems every other day at an angle and placing into fresh water will extend the life of your flowers. Be sure to remove anything that is squishy and rotten as this will only encourage bacterial growth in the water and cause the other flowers to fade quicker.


A drop or two of bleach can help combat bacteria in your vase water, which will extend vase life. 

"dirty" flowers

Certain flowers have a reputation for being "dirty" because they cause the vase water to become dirty or slimy within a day or two.  Regular water changes, flower food, and drops of bleach will help with this. "Dirty" flowers include amaranth, ornamental kale, bachelor buttons, celosia, thistles, dahlia, hyacinth, daffodils, feverfew, marigolds, snapdragons, stock, sunflowers, yarrow, and zinnia. 

sun and fruit

Keep your flowers out of direct sunlight and away from aging fruit. The ethylene emitted from the fruit will shorten the life of your flowers, as will the sun. 

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