How to keep that beautiful bouquet fresh and lovely? To a quart of water add two tablespoons each of white vinegar and sugar. The vinegar will help inhibit bacteria and the sugar nourishes the plant. Be sure to cut the stems at an angle and pop the flowers into the solution. Cut the stems every day to allow the water to be drawn up by the flowers.
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Remove spent flowers to encourage plants to produce more blooms. In gardeners’ parlance this is “deadheading.” The goal of a plant is to grow, flower, set seed and die. Deadheading prevents the plant from setting seed so the plant will produce more flowers to again try to set seed before it, theoretically, dies.