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Caring for Your Locally Grown Flowers

By Hannah and Haley
April 6, 2022

You bought your flowers, now what?

So, you’ve just bought some fresh, local flowers–either as a bouquet or from our U-pick patch. Now, let’s make sure you can enjoy them for days to come.

Local & cut fresh

You're off to a head start by choosing locally grown flowers. Around 95% of our flowers are grown on our farm in Bucyrus, OH. From seedlings to blooms we plant, care for, harvest, and arrange your bouquets. By cutting our flowers just up the road, and taking thousands of miles of shipping out of the equation, we're able to shift valuable time with the flowers to our customers.

Vase Life Tips

Here are some things you can do over the next few days to care for your fresh flowers and extend their vase life.

  1. Add a flower food packet you may have received with your flowers to the water in your vase.
  2. Display your flowers in a cool place. Actually, keep your flowers where they will be most enjoyed. But to ensure a longer vase life, give preference to cooler and darker places.
  3. Re-cut the end of each stem at an angle about every other day. Cutting them on an angle helps them uptake water better instead of being flat against the bottom of the vase.
  4. While re-cutting your stems, replace the water in the vase with fresh water. We have found that if you have a water softener the water from your tap might not be the best for the flowers. In that case, you may want to use purified water instead.
  5. Remove flowers individually as they expire. As the days pass, certain flowers will start to wilt earlier than others. As they do, remove them from the vase as this will slow the spread of mold/disease to the other stems in your vase.
  6. Enjoy! We hope that our flowers have brought a smile to faces, brightened a space, and helped to connect people along the way.
  7. BONUS: One other tip for enjoying your flowers longer is to dry them before they completely wilt. If you’re interested, check out our blog post on dried flowers here.

We love to see and share photos of how our customers are enjoying their locally grown flowers. Share the color by tagging us on social media with a photo of how YOU are enjoying your flowers @theohioflowergirls

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