If you want to bring some spring inside by buying flowers, here are some tips for care from the Society of American Florists.

If you want to bring some spring inside by buying flowers, here are some tips for care from the Society of American Florists.

For an arrangement in a container:

Keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing the flower food provided by the florist. If the solution turns cloudy, pour it away and replace it. If possible, re-cut stems by removing 1 to 2 inches with a sharp knife. Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 F), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators.

For loose bunches or boxed flowers:

Keep flowers cool until you can get them into a flower food solution. Fill a clean, deep vase with water and add the flower food. Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Re-cut stems by removing 1 to 2 inches with a sharp knife. Place the flowers in the vase and solution you've prepared.

When you are buying loose flowers for your own arrangements:

Look for flowers with upright, firm petals and buds beginning to open. Yellow, spotted or drooping leaves are signs of age. When using woody stems and branches (such as quince, forsythia or lilac), cut the stem with sharp pruning shears. Place them in warm water containing fresh flower food to promote flower opening.

More advice and information on the Web at: www.aboutflowers.com