One of the biggest floral holidays is upon us. For those that receive floral arrangements for Valentine’s Day, here are some tips to make them last longer.

To keep floral arrangement looking fresh, keep the floral foam soaked or the vase filled with warm water. Be sure to check the water level daily.

Replace the water if it turns cloudy. Recut the stems under running water, if possible using the procedure outlined above to help them stay fresh longer. If a rose starts to wilt, remove it from the arrangement and recut the stem under water. Submerge the entire rose in warm water.

It will rehydrate and revive in an hour or two.

For loose stems flowers, if you can't get your flowers in a flower food solution right away, keep them in a cool place. When you are ready to put them in the vase, fill a clean, deep vase with water and add the flower food obtained from the florist. Be sure to follow the directions on the package.

Before placing the flowers in the vase, recut the stems under water with a sharp knife. Also remove any leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves left in the water will promote bacterial growth.

With all flowers, take time to consider where you will display them. Keep them in a cool place (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight and heating vents.

Do not place on appliances such as a TV that will heat up and cause them to dehydrate.

Remove flowers as they wilt and fade to help preserve the rest of the arrangement. You can also keep the water fresh by making sure no leaves are in the water and changing it when it begins to look cloudy.

For more information on caring for flowers, contact the Ford County Extension Office. Happy Valentine’s Day!