Flower Care Tips
Flowers are fragile but when handled with proper care you can extend the enjoyment of your beautiful blossoms by several days or even weeks (depending on flower variety).
Below are some easy tips to get you started.
The Flowers & Plants Association recommends the following simple tips, based on the latest extensive scientific research, to ensure that your flowers last longer and look lovelier:
- Make sure vases are very clean.
- Change the water in the flower vase every day.
- Use fresh lukewarm water with commercial cut flower food added.
- Strip all leaves below the water level.
- Take at least 3cm (1″) off all stems, making a slanted cut with a sharp knife or very sharp scissors.
- Avoid direct sunlight, TV set, heat, or droughts which can shorten flowers’ lives.
- Remove all leaves which will be below water line. This prevents the leaves from decaying and keep the water cleaner and the stem free flowing.
- Add the right amount of fresh flower food to water. Fresh flower food hydrates and nourishes flowers.
- Flowers such as roses, sunflowers, tulips, cut an inch at the end of the flower stem every day.
- Keep flowers away from fruit and remove faded flowers as they occur.
- Top up the water regularly and add flower food in proportion.
After purchase do not allow the flowers to remain out of water too long. (If traveling with your flower for a long time could wrap the ends of the flowers with wet tissue.
- The sooner that you put your flowers into water, the longer they will last.
- Remove the lower packaging, the upper gift wrap can be left on if desired or removed with care but do not untie your flowers. Untying them may spoil the arrangement.
- Prepare an appropriate supportive clean vase of fresh deep water and add sachet of flower food.
- Remove the bottom leaves so that no foliage is under water.
- Cut approximately 3cm off each stem on a slant so there is a larger surface area for the water to be taken up.
- Immediately after cutting place in the prepared vase of water.
- The cooler the room the longer your flowers will last. Remove any faded blooms or foliage as soon as possible. Change the water in the vase twice a week.
- If you receive an arrangement made in a foam base, it is important to remember that as the flowers drink the water from the foam, it will gradually get dry.
- You should top up the foam daily with sufficient water to keep the foam moist.
- Place your arrangement in a cool place on a waterproof surface.
- Mist sprays your arrangement daily.
- Taking extra care not to touch the flower petal themselves.
- When the stand arrives, check the water level in the stand’s container. Add fresh water as needed. The water level will go down in the container due to the flowers “drinking” and ongoing evaporation. For optimum results, add water daily keeping the level near the top of the container.
- Be sure to place your fresh flowers in a location that will help preserve their beauty. Avoid putting the standing arrangement in direct sunlight, or areas with drafts, extreme heat or cold.
- Change the water in the vase every two days, giving the stems a fresh cut at the same time.
- Keep your flowers as cool as possible.
- Do not place your flowers above a radiator or any heating appliance.
- Remove any foliage near the bottom of the stems prior to putting into water.
- Remove any blooms that have gone over to keep your flowers looking their best and encourage remaining blooms to open.