HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR FLOWERS
Most floral arrangements last 4-7 days or longer, depending on the flowers used and the care they receive. Here are five quick steps to make your flower last longer.
1. Recut all stems approximately 3-4 cm at a degree angle (not straight across).
2. Keep flowers in a cool place away from draughts. Flowers will last longer under cool conditions.
3. Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, heaters, televisions, tops of fridges and microwaves.
4. Keep flowers away from fruit as it releases a gas called ethylene which accelerates the ageing process of flowers.
5. You can use a few drops of the bleach as an alternative to flower food preservative
If you receive flowers in a container with floral foam, be certain the container is full of water every day. The water should be treated with the floral food provided by your florist. Using your finger, feel under the greens for a place where water can be added. Or you can pour water slowly into the center of the arrangement, keeping a finger in the container to gauge the water level.
If you receive flowers in a vase, check to be sure the water is always clear. If the water turns cloudy, empty it and add fresh water mixed with the floral food provided by your florist. Flower foods make flowers last longer but it is important to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. If possible, re-cut the stems with a sharp knife before placing them in the fresh water.
BOXED OR TISSUE FLOWERS
If you receive flowers in a box or tissue, remove all of the foliage that falls below the water line, then cut the stems with a sharp knife in a sink full of warm water. Be sure to cut the stems under the water and place them immediately into a vase of warm water mixed with the floral food provided by your florist. Then follow our vase flower instructions above.
FOR LOOSE BUNCHES
Keep your flowers in a cool place until you can get them in a flower food solution. Don't forget how important it is to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. Fill a clean (washed with a detergent or antibacterial cleaning solution), deep vase with water and add a flower food from your florist. Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by the flower. Re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Place the flowers in the vase solution you've prepared.
When selecting flowers, look for flowers with upright, firm petals and buds beginning to open. Yellow, spotted or drooping leaves are signs of age.
When using woody stems and branches (such as quince, forsythia or lilac), cut the stem with sharp pruning shears. Place them in warm water containing fresh flower food to promote flower opening.
FAQS & TIPS
As your lily flowers open, snip off the stamens to keep pollen to a minimum. This will save pollen stains on your fabrics. If you do get pollen on you, wrap some sellotape sticky side out around your hand, and dad the pollen off (never get it wet, or rub it).
Keep lily blooms away from your cats, as lily pollen is poisonous to them. Clip the stamens as the blooms open, and keep the plants out of your cat's reach.
Put gerberas in only a few inches of water. As gerberas lack leaves, if the water level is too high you'll effectively drown them, causing the head to droop.
Do not mix daffodils and narcissi with other flowers. They emit latex from their stems when cut, which is known as `daffodil slime', and shortens the life of other flowers. Keep daffodils alone in vases, or use the special bulb cut flower food which makes them safe to mix with other flowers. You can place the daffodils in a bucket of water for at least 12 hours on their own and then arrange them with other flowers, making sure you do not cut the stem again.
What is wrong with the water in a vase when it turns yellow and cloudy?
This is a natural sign that bacteria are growing in the water. Bacteria can clog stems and shorten the vase life of flowers, so keep the water clear at all times to ensure the longevity of your blooms. If your water starts to turn cloudy, immediately empty the vase and add fresh water, preferably mixed with the floral food provided by your florist. Re-cut the stems with a sharp knife under warm water before placing them in the vase of fresh water.
Since flowers like sunshine, should I put my arrangement in the sun when I get it?
No. Growing flowers require sunshine for maturation, but cut flowers will fade much faster if exposed to heat and direct sunlight. To keep flowers fresh longer, place them in a location away from sun and drafts.
Is it possible to revive a wilted rose?
If you've left your roses in a hot car on the way home, rescusitate by freshly slicing the stem and laying them in a bath of cold water.This process can work wonders, but if the rose is already past its vase life it will not revive.