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How to Make the Most of Your Florals

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Help your flowers live stronger for longer with the help of bouquet queen, Jackie Alpers.


Cut the stems 

Cut about 1” from the bottom of each stem at a 45-degree angle every few days. This will help more water get to the blooms. 

Remove bottom leaves, but keep the thorns 

Remove any droopy leaves that have fallen under the water line in the vase. This keeps the water cleaner, stops bacteria from growing, and maintains the freshness of your flowers. 

Add Sugar to the Water 

Sometimes flowers need a sweet pick-me-up too. Add about a tablespoon of sugar and a splash of apple cider vinegar per every two cups of water. The sugar feeds the flowers, while the vinegar helps to keep bacteria at bay. 

Change the Water Regularly 

At this point, you’ve probably noticed that keeping the water fresh is important. Change out the water every day or two, or when it starts to get cloudy. Cloudy water is a sign that bacteria– instead of your flowers– are flourishing. And remember to replace the sugar and vinegar when you change the water!

Saved Stems in re-used glasses


Repurpose Glass Containers 

Wash and reuse your Imperfect Foods containers, mixing and matching shapes and sizes for visual appeal. Classically speaking, the length of the stems should be no more than 1.5 to 2x the height of the vase.

Kombucha bottles, jam jars, empty bottles of olive or avocado oil would all look beautiful and add different pops of color.

To remove labels, soak the containers in warm soapy water, until the labels start to disintegrate, then scrub to remove any remaining paper and adhesive. Tip! Especially sticky labels can usually be coaxed loose if you melt the adhesive with a blow dryer. 

Location, Location, Location! 

Keep your flowers in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Find a special spot to display them against a high-contrast background that’s not too busy where the colors of the bouquet can pop. 

flowers hung up to dry

Repurpose and Reuse


Secure stems with string or rubber bands and hang upside-down. And that’s pretty much it! In three to four weeks they should be completely dry. In the meantime, your home will smell great and look like a page in a bohemian home magazine.

You can keep them in tip-top shape by spraying them with unscented hairspray. Display your dried flowers in a spot that doesn’t get direct sunlight


Tie eucalyptus leaves to your shower head for a beautiful and functional aromatherapy bouquet. 

Toss flowers with your favorite essential oils, place onto a baking sheet, and dry in a 200-degree oven for about two hours or until all of the moisture is removed and the flowers are brittle. 

Breakup the petals and stems and display in a pretty bowl somewhere you wouldn’t mind smelling like flower petals are gently floating in the air

Fragrant Oils and Essences 

Surprise! Infused liquids are actually pretty easy to make. Wash the petals and steep in alcohol or oil for a few days. Voila! 


If you’re new to soap making, we recommend buying a premixed soap base like these. After picking out your soap base, you’ll also need some flexible soap molds. Beyond that, it’s easy. Adding flower petals to your soap mix adds a light, uplifting floral scent, and looks lovely if you’re using a clear soap base. When making your soap, simply sprinkle your flower petals into the bottom of the mold and pour your soap mixture on top. Let harden.

Flower Dyes 

Boil flowers in 3x as much water and let simmer for an hour or until the desired color of dye is obtained, strain and store!

And that’s the power of flowers folks. If you still have leftover flowers after all that, just remember to compost.

Saved Stems Floral Bouquets for Mother's Day

About Saved Stems

We hope this article helps you make the most out of your Saved Stems– our line of sustainable and one-of-a-kind floral arrangements at Imperfect. The floral industry has super strict regulations about things like “stem-length” and “thorniness.” And since nature has a mind of its own, a flower farmer might get an unexpected rain and suddenly be flushed with more flowers than they can sell. That’s where Saved Stems come in. It’s a safe space for surplus sprays and stems that didn’t quite make the cut elsewhere. 


  • Gloria Turner
    May 25, 2021 at 12:00 am

    I can’t find where to order flowers on your site. can they be ordered any week or only for holidays?

    • Imperfect
      May 25, 2021 at 5:48 pm

      As long as we have them available, you can order them during your customization windows through your subscription with us! 💚

  • Erin
    July 30, 2021 at 3:52 am

    Hello, you guys are amazing. I saw more awesome items that I hadn’t seen before. Specifically, how do I find the Lavender? And, when am I able to order it. Many thanks for all that you do. ❤️

    • Imperfect Foods
      August 4, 2021 at 9:40 pm

      Hey there, thanks for the love! You should be able to see the lavender from the ‘Produce’ section of your customization window! 💚


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