Asters

Colorful florets and bright yellow centers makes these flower heads pop in any arrangement they’re in. Symbolizing patience, the aster is a flower worth taking the time to nurture and care for. If you’re making your own arrangement with asters in them, try paring them with sunflowers, carnations, and/or other wildflowers like pansies or bellflowers.

Aster

When you receive asters or are preparing them in an arrangement, follow the instructions below to ensure you don’t injure the flower heads while putting them in a vase. These instructions will also help your flowers blossom bright over the next few days.

1) Carefully remove any protective paper or plastic that may be wrapped around your bouquet.

2) While the stems are under water, cut off 1 inch at an angle. Cutting the stems opens the flower’s pores so they have the ability to drink more water. The reason it is recommended to cut them under water is to eliminate any air bubbles that may occur, which prevent the flower from drinking. The angle makes it easier to absorb the water.

3) Next, fill your flower vase with water that is at room temperature. Mix in 1 packet of flower food with the water. You may have received flower food with the bouquet. If not, ask your local florist if they have some.

4) If any excess foliage on the stems will fall below the water level, strip it off. Excess foliage is known to muddy the water, as well as suck up much of it so the actual blossoms don’t have enough to drink.

5) Retain your cut asters from any direct sunlight, heat and drafts. And keep them in a room that has a cool temperature.

6) Re-cut stems, change water and add second packet of flower food on day 3 or when the water is turning yellow and cloudy. If the water is starting to change colors, this means that bacteria is growing in it, which will cause the flowers to wilt faster.

7) Keep your bouquet looking fresh longer by removing spent leaves and deadheads.