To preserve your artistic flower arrangement be sure to keep your vase three fourth full of water. Do not put cold water when you replace the water, always use warm water. And when your water vase begins to become cloudy or you can smell a foul odor, you have an option to replace the water or put a little bleach. Make sure to clean your flower vase evenly between uses, you can also soak it in water with a little bleach to disinfect it. You can always do this before you use your flower vase.
It is said that the practice of flower arranging was originally used in Japan to pay tribute to the gods, and the floral arrangements were therefore considered sacred. In Japan, historical records documenting the appearance of traditional flower arrangements date back to about 500 years ago. It was in the seventeenth century that followers of this new form of artistic expression started creating the rules leading to the formation of what would eventually become the disciplinary art that is now known as Ikebana. The diversity of forms and methods that were developed over time made Ikebana a much more sophisticated form of art. In the end, Ikebana has become a discipline where the stage for the artistic expression is set by the harmony achieved through the combination of natural materials (flowers, stems and branches), the container, and the lines and forms that characterize the art of Japanese flower arrangement.