7 Florist Tips for Lovely Fresh Flowers
7 Tips to make your fresh flowers last longer.
Frequently change the water of the flowers. Every 2 to 3 days is good.
Flowers use up a lot of water! It is pretty common for a large arrangement of flowers to suck up all the water in a vase within the first few days you have them at home. Make sure the flowers always have enough water so they can stay fresh for longer and not dry out.
If flowers stay in the same water for longer periods of time, bacteria starts to build up as the stems sit in the water. By frequently changing the water in the vase, even if it hasn’t been used up, you will prolong the life of your flowers (and avoid that horrible rotten smell that usually comes up if you let them sit in the same water a long time).
Be careful with the large floral arrangements, carefully tip the vase over a sink to let the water drain without disturbing the design, afterwards simply re-fill the vase by gently pouring water in at the top of the flowers.
Trim at least half inch from the bottom of the stem off your flowers before you put them back in the vase and each time you change the water.
On your ride home, the end of the flower stems dry out, the cells die and they become less absorbent of water and other helpful elements. By cutting the stems just before placing them in water again, you remove the dead tissue and open up fresh cells, which helps the flowers soak up water and nutrients better.
Use sharp scissors when cutting.
Make sure not to use old dulled out scissors to clip your flowers, because you need to make clean cuts. Dull scissors more often than not crush the fresh tissue and leave damaged cells behind, which makes it harder for the plant to soak up water. Damaged cells don’t take in water as well as healthy ones.
Keep your flowers out of direct light and at a cool place.
Sometimes people think they should set their vase of flowers in a sunny windowsill since that is where a plant would be happiest. It may seem logical to put the fresh cut flowers in a sunny spot of the room since that would be the ideal place for a plant. However, cut flowers are actually the opposite of potted plants. They are at their peak of perfection. Sun and heat will only quicken the maturing process and make them wilt faster. The aim of the game is to preserve the blooms for as long as possible so instead, simply keep your cut flowers in a cool dark spot.
Avoid placing your flowers close to ripening fruit or vegetables, especially bananas and apples.
Ripe fruits and vegetables give out a gas called ethylene. No worries because this gas is both colorless and odorless as well as harmless to humans but it has deadly effects on flowers. From a scientific point of view, the flower is what comes before fruit. Once they are pollinated they start developing into fruits which will then give seeds following the life and death cycles of the plants. Ethylene is the gas the plant gives out that tell the flower to wilt its petals and start turning into fruit. As the fruit ripens it continues releasing the gas and that’s why it’s not good to put cut flowers together with fruits, the flowers might think it’s their time to go.
Make sure to wash the vase or container very thoroughly after you’ve disposed of the flower arrangement.
It may seem that the vase is clean when you’re done with the flowers but the bacteria build up doesn’t disappear when the water dries out. The next time you add water to that vase the bacteria will spring back to life and your new set of fresh flowers will be subjected to the same dirty environment that pestered the last ones. Keep in mind that flowers will last much longer in a cleaner environment so make sure to try and give them one.
Use “flower food” for most flowers.
Flower food usually comes with packaged flowers but you can also ask your florists for it. These solutions contain nutrients and bactericide which not only feed the flower but also keep the water fresh and clean for an additional day or two. This is pretty helpful if you’re too busy or a bit forgetful to change the water of your flowers regularly. If you don’t feel like buying the flower food from the florists you can follow our recipe:
1 tsp. Sugar;
2 tsp. Lemon juice;
1 tsp. Bleach;
quart of warm water;
It should be noted however that some flowers do not like the flower food in their water and you should ask your florists about them before hand.