Fresh Cut Flower Care Tips
– Knowing how to help your flowers last longer will add to your enjoyment of them, and will help keep them vibrant and long lasting.
Here’s a few tips on how best to look after fresh cut flowers.
Keep fresh flowers away from drafts and extreme temperatures, which can quickly dry out the flowers and cause wilting.
Do not place your bouquet near ripening fruit or expose them in the path of cigarette smoke. The smoke is detrimental to many flower types. Avoid placing flowers on windowsills and other areas with direct sunlight where flowers can dehydrate and wilt. Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.
Here’s How To Keep Your Flowers by Post Looking Fresh
Simply keep your vase filled with water! All flower and foliage stems need to be submerged. Flowers need to drink water and will stay fresher, longer when they can get a drink.
If your flower delivery came in a basket or other container with foam, remember to add fresh water every day.
Try to quickly remove dead or wilting leaves and stems from your fresh cut flower arrangement.
Keep an eye on the water, when it gets cloudy, you need to pour it away and add new.
Changing The Water In Your Flower Arrangement
Firstly take away any dead or wilting flowers.
Then clean the vase thoroughly with soapy water to remove any bacteria that could cause the fresh flowers to deteriorate even quicker, and make sure to rinse thoroughly with water.
Replace the water [room temperature] and mix in the flower food provided by your florist, according to the instructions on the packet. These flower foods may be supplied by the florist who delivered your order and they contain the correct ingredients to properly nourish the flowers, keep bacteria at bay (which can block the stems and prevent them from absorbing water), encourage buds to open, and lengthen the life of the bouquet. If there’s no flower food, or you have run out, an aspirin, works just as well.
For better results, cut the stems with a sharp knife at an angle about one to two inches from the bottom. This allows them to better absorb water. [Do not use scissors to cut your flowers because they can crush the stems and prevent water absorption.]
Take special care..
Alstroemeria are particularly thirsty flowers, so check the vase often to ensure it is full (or the foam material is saturated) and add floral food with each water change.
BIRDS OF PARADISE – like to be kept in a warm.
CARNATIONS – keep away from fruits and veggies! Their sensitivity to ethylene, a harmless, naturally produced gas, which can be released by fruits, vegetables, and decaying floral materials.
DAISIES – are thirsty flowers!
DENDROBIUM ORCHIDS – keep away from fruits and veggies!
FREESIA – room temperature water.
GERBERA – change water often
Gerbera stems are highly susceptible to bacteria blockage, causing their heads to droop over, so change their water often and replenish their supply of floral food every 1-2 days.
HYDRANGEA – revive wilting blossoms with warm water.
IRIS – keep water levels full
LILY – remove anthers to avoid staining clothing
Lily pollen can stain clothing and furniture, so carefully remove the anthers (the orange pollen-coated tips at the end of the stamens) with tissues before displaying your bouquet. As flowers open, you should continue to remove the anthers.
PEONIES – fragile, handle with care!
ROSES – Recutting the stems often will give your roses the longest vase life.
Roses last longer in a cool area, but if you want their blooms to open quickly, temporarily place them in a warmer spot.