Gladiolas – Fresh Cut Flowers
Start your gladiolus off on the right foot with a quick trim with a pair of scissors, kitchen shears or even a sharp kitchen knife. Trim at least 1/2" off each stem at a 45° angle. This provides more surface area for the flowers to drink from and prevents the stems from sitting flush to the bottom of the vase (where bacteria builds up).
Fresh, fresh Water
Your flowers may have traveled a long way to get to you! Even a trip around the block warrants a fresh cut and a big drink. After their adventure, they're definitely feeling a little thirsty - fill a vase with cool tap water and they'll lap it up!
Pro Tip: change the water daily (or as often as you can possibly remember!) and remove individual blooms as they expire. This helps reduce the growth of bacteria which can cause other beautiful blooms to fade faster.
Keep it Cool!
Help your flowers live their best life and keep them out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. Unlike in the field, cut flowers don't love sunshine or heat - in fact, both can dramatically shorten their lifespan in the vase. Remember, a sunny windowsill is off limits!