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How To Keep Your Centerpiece Beautiful, Longer

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Being in the business for 75 years, we can't say we've seen it all but we have seen 

quite a few floral dilemmas here and there. 

We have some useful tips on how to keep your flowers / centerpieces looking beautiful and festive!


Every design has a container. 

We've had calls in the past asking "IS THE CENTERPIECE IN A CARDBOARD BOX? MINE CAME IN ONE!" 

--NO, the waxed cardboard box keeps the water from your design inside the box and not in your car.

It is important to know what your container is because there are many different containers used now. 



There are 2 things to look for in a glass vase design. Is it TAPED or are the flowers TIED TOGETHER?

With a taped vase, you can tip the vase and change the water by the sink. 

The design should not come apart, that doesn't mean you shouldn't be careful with it.

With a tied bouquet, all you have to do is lift the design and pour the water out. 

You can also clean the vase before putting back the design. 

Trimming the stems of the flowers also help them drink better. 



Ceramic vases can be tricky. It is hard to tell if they are low in water. 

It is better to be proactive with adding/changing water every other day rather than wait until

you see some of the flowers wilt then try to revive it. 

Do the same care as you would with a glass vase arrangement.


Floral foam is a specially designed product that keeps moisture/water for the flowers. 

It also holds the design together. 


If your design is in a floral foam, top it off every other day if not daily! 

Not all flowers love the floral foam so some designs might have one or 2 blooms that are in water tubes. 

Cut the stem and add more water to the tube before it runs out. 

If you have flower food, GREAT-- but if you don't have them handy, look for our DIY flower food below.

Using a watering can is an easy way to add water to your designs.


Not everyone keeps they little packet that we add to your orders. 

Here are some recipes to keep your water Bacteria free.


3-2-1 RECIPE

3 Tbsp Sugar

2 Tbsp White vinegar

1 Liter of warm water 

Adding sugar duplicates the sugar rush that occurs during photosynthesis. 

It can, however, promote bacterial growth. 

Vinegar counter acts the bacteria growth. 

Warm water, not hot, encourages your flower to bloom faster. If you want it to slowly open, use lukewarm water.


3-1-1 RECIPE

3 Drops of Regular Bleach, as anti-bacteria

1 Tbsp Sugar

1 liter of water


1 crushed Aspirin to 1 quart water. Change water every other day.


A few drops of vodka or any clear spirit to kill bacteria in the water

1 tsp Sugar

1 liter water




If you have any questions, never hesitate to ask any of our staff. 

We love hearing from everyone. 

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