Are you one of those people that get frustrated by how short-lived your flowers may be once you get them home?
Well, here are a few care tips to follow, which will, without a doubt keep your flowers looking fresher, and last longer.
CHANGE THE WATER
- Like us, flowers need water to survive. It is not uncommon for arrangements to drink up lots of water within the first couple of days, so make sure to always keep the water replenished, and remove any floating leaves as this could promote the growth of bacteria.
- To get the most out of your flowers, change the water every 2-3 days and enjoy!
HEAT AND BRIGHT LIGHT
- Keep your flowers away from heat and bright light.
- Most flowers prefer temperatures between 18 to 22°C and are best displayed away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or near appliances which give off heat and can cause flowers to dehydrate.
- Avoid placing fresh flowers near ripening fruit, which releases tiny amounts of ethylene gas that can age them prematurely.
- Wash the vase/container very thoroughly in hot soapy water.
- Bacteria build up occurs in dirty vases and does not go away just because the vase dries out. As soon as you add water again, the vase will once again be full of bacteria and your next arrangement will be subject to it.
- So, give your flowers a fresh clean environment free of bacteria and they will last much longer.
TRIM THE STEMS
As your flowers sit out of water on your ride home, the ends dry out, making it difficult for the flowers to absorb water. By cutting the stems just before placing them in water again, you’re exposing them to fresh tissue that can easily absorb fresh water.
- So, every few days, remove the flowers from the design and re-cut the stems.
- Remove 3/4″ to one inch from the bottom of the stem and be sure to cut the stem at an angle to allow the flower the best chance to take up water.
- Use a sharp knife, floral cutters or scissors. Avoid smashing or piercing the stems, as this can destroy the water vessels in the stem and prevent water absorption. Remove any spent or damaged blooms or foliage that falls below the waterline in the vase.