We’re all ’bout that vase, ’bout that vase...
Choosing the right vase for your flowers primarily comes down to the size of your bouquet and the length of your stems (after trimming).
Pick a vase with a lip diameter similar to the width of your bouquet. Too small and your stems will be crushed, too large and you’ll lose the ability to arrange precisely.
Once some of the flowers have passed their prime, pull them out and transfer the remaining bouquet to a narrower vase to retain a sense of fullness.
For height, look for a vase that is ⅓ the length of your stems. If you’d like to use a shorter vase, you can always cut your flowers down to size (just remember to remove any leaves that fall below the waterline).
Colour-wise, if you have a vase that compliments your bouquet then go for it – if not then simple, clear glass goes with just about everything.
These final tips should grant your buds a long life:
It’s all about lighting: Flowers love natural light but nothing direct as the heat will cause them to wilt (same goes for artificial heat, e.g. a radiator).
But no fruit: Fresh fruit release gasses that are noxious to flowers and will make them wilt very quickly.
Snip, snip: Replace the water in your vase every 3 days and give your stems another 1cm haircut to keep them looking fresh.