Mastering the Holidays​

Four Ways to Make Holiday Floral Arrangements Last Longer

November 4, 2020

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Holiday floral arrangement

I’m Alice Lewis, floral expert and founder of Alice’s Table, and I’m thrilled to share my knowledge with you through my collaboration with 1-800-Flowers. We’ve joined forces to bring fun-filled virtual and live floral workshops to customers nationwide.

As wintry weather makes it difficult to enjoy the natural world, indoor floral arrangements are even more appreciated, especially around the holidays. After all, who doesn’t want to decorate their dining room table with a seasonally-inspired bouquet?

However, your fragrant flowers may fade faster than expected, especially when you factor in chilly drafts and dry indoor air. Suddenly your carefully crafted centerpiece has wilted long before New Year’s.

But, there are many strategies for extending the life of your flowers to make holiday floral arrangements last longer. Let’s look at some strategies to help you maximize the life of your blooms.

Tips for extending the life of your holiday floral arrangements

Red and white holiday flowers

Keep things moisturized with a mister

I know you’re keeping your flower vase filled with water, but it’s also essential to keep the flower petals and leaves hydrated. I recommend misting your arrangement with a spray bottle whenever it seems a little tired. This is particularly helpful for delicate blooms like hydrangeas.

Consider location carefully

Keep your blooms away from heating vents, direct sunlight, open windows, and even fruit.

Where you put your floral arrangement will impact its lifespan. Keep your blooms away from heating vents, direct sunlight, open windows, and even fruit (it releases ethylene gas that can cause them to deteriorate faster).

The best place for fresh cut flowers? A slightly chilly room without strong airflow, which could cause them to dehydrate faster.

Change the vase water twice a week

One of the fastest ways to ruin is a bouquet is to encourage the growth of mold and rot. Keep things clean by removing any leaves that fall into the vase and changing out the water every three days. This will prevent undesirable microbes from getting established.

Add in…vodka?

Give your blooms a taste of happy hour.

Yes, your floral arrangement wants in on the holiday cheer this year. Give your blooms a taste of happy hour by adding a few drops of vodka or another clear alcohol to the water in the vase. This slows down ethylene gas production, which leads to fewer wilting flowers.

Join a virtual floral workshop

Through my partnership with 1-800-Flowers.com, you’ll gain access to virtual events and live floral workshops. 1-800-Flowers will send you farm-fresh flowers the day before the workshop, so you’ll have everything you need to participate at home.

Ready to get started with your own floral arrangement? Sign up for a virtual event today! Spots are filling fast.