It is important to spend time on flower care. There are a few tricks of the trade in the floral world that can allow for the little lovelies to last longer than the few days after receiving the delivery!
The first step towards making cut flowers last longer is to make sure that they are quickly placed in water to prevent them from wilting. The longer you keep them out, the air moves into the tissues of the plants. This is not a good thing. If left out for a period of time, cut off a few inches of the stem so that water can move freely up the stem when returned to the water.
Always ALWAYS cut your stems with a sharp knife at an angle or with very sharp clippers.
Remove all of the leaves from the stems of the flowers as they tend to rot in the water if left in the vase.
If you have room in your refrigerator or basement, keep your arrangement there when you are not using it. The colder the place the better as the floral tend to drink less water. Do not go below 5 degrees centigrade and definitely do not go below freezing. The flowers will be sure to die if frozen before hand. Do not store fruit with the arrangement however as this can speed aging the due to the hormones and gases released by the fruit.
Let the floral get a good amount of ventilation but do not place in hot spots or where there is a cold draft.
Always check water levels of the vase and change out water every few days to prevent bacteria forming and therefore rotting.
You should receive a small package of preservatives with your delivery/pick up. A floral preservative is a complex mixture of sucrose (sugar), acidifier – an inhibitor of microorganisms, and a respiratory inhibitor. This will also help your flowers last longer but if you do not have the preservative, sugar in a warm solution will do!
Trying all or just one of these tips will help your floral last longer! Of course, if your flowers wilt after a day or two, calling your florist to get a replacement is a must! Most are happy to replace at least the individual wilted flower for you on the spot! It sometimes is just down to the flower naturally not surviving!
Good luck and let me know how it goes.
That is all for now!
Thanks for reading. Feel free to share this post using the links below or continuing reading other articles.