If you're looking for a fantastic floral deal for Valentine's Day, you might want to consider The Bouqs, a start-up out of LA's Venice neighborhood, that offers gorgeous arrangements for a steal. If you order four days in advance, a beautiful bouquet will set you back $40 (yup, that includes delivery!) or $50 if you order the day before. Pretty good, right? While these flowers have a reputation for lasting (trust us, we've tried them), there's no harm in wanting them to last just a little bit longer. Chief floral designer for The Bouqs and florist to the stars Eric Buterbaugh has a few go-to tricks for stretching the life of your bouquet.
- Cut your stems before you put them in water.
- Change the water every day.
- If all else fails, bust out this secret weapon.
Eric insists that a fresh cut helps flowers to draw more water, which in turn, helps them to live longer.
If you don't change the water, Eric says it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.
If changing the water daily seems like too much work, put a couple of drops of bleach in the water. The bleach will fight the bacteria without killing the flowers.