From start to end, making flower arrangements using cut flowers is a joy. They offer beauty to your home, let people know that they are loved and cherished when you give them as a gift, and uplift the spirit. Here are some suggestions for extending the life of your cut flowers.
Ensure There is no Vegetation in the Water
There should be no greenery below the water level when you place your flowers in a vase. Microbial development is encouraged by submerged folia. As you’re arranging your cut flowers, remove the majority of the bottom leaves and be sure to remove any new droppings that fall into the water.
Use a Vase that is Spotless
Soak your vase in soapy water and thoroughly clean it. Fill with warm water and a package of commercial flower food, if available. Sugars, a pH acidifier, and antimicrobial agents are all present in this tried-and-true formula. It nourishes the blooms while also preventing bacteria and other germs from growing in the water. The packets are affordable and will last for years if purchased in quantity.
Make Clean Cuts
Before putting each stem into the vase, re-cut it with a sharp knife or scissors. Cutting at an angle increases the surface area available for water absorption. Take care not to crush or rip the stems, as this may limit water intake and provide more entrance places for germs.
Maintain a Cool Environment for Cut Flowers
Most commercial cut flowers are kept refrigerated in a place with a temperature of 34-36°F and a relative humidity of 90-95 percent. Although it's doubtful that you'll be able to replicate these perfect circumstances at home, your arrangements will live longer if they're kept out of direct sunlight and moved to a cool room overnight.
Replace the Water in the Tank
The first day that flowers are in a vase, they absorb a lot of water, so keep an eye on the water level and refresh it as needed. Check to see whether the water is hazy after a few days. If this is the case, remove the blooms and discard the old water. Cut approximately an inch from the bottom of the stems after rinsing them under running water. Clean the vase and put fresh water and flower food in it.
Make any Necessary Changes
Some flowers are more durable than others. Simply remove any wasted flowers or wilted foliage to keep your bouquets looking fresh. You can shift the arrangement into a smaller vase when the size of the arrangement decreases.
Ask Florist For Care Instructions
When you purchase your cut flowers, ask the florist if there are any special care instructions to be aware of. Different types of flowers may have varying needs.
Cut flowers make a house feel like a home, and they also make a great gift. Use these tips to keep your cut flowers looking as fresh as the day they arrived in your home.