Getting a bouquet of flowers—or even a single stem rose—is a fantastic feeling. Unfortunately, if you don’t know how to take care of those flowers, that feeling will be short-lived. In order to keep that feeling going every time you look over at those beautiful flowers sitting on your table, desk or wherever, follow these seven effective flower care tips.
Flower Care Tip Number One—Use a Clean, Fresh Vase
First, be sure you start off with a clean vase, especially if you’ve had flowers in it before. Wash the container with hot, soapy water or inside of your dishwasher. This is because standing water builds up bacteria that remains long after the water dries. If you had flowers in the vase that died, that bacteria that was present during its death will still be inside the vase. That’s not the way to start a new flower lifespan!
Flower Care Tip Number Two—Cycle Your Water
Flowers drink an extraordinary amount of water compared to what the average person assumes. Be sure to give your flowers plenty to drink, especially if it’s a large arrangement. Be prepared for larger arrangements to soak up all the water you give it within the first or second day you have them. Be sure to fill up the vase and keep it full or else your flowers will dry up and wilt.
In addition to this, change the water completely every two to three days. This is because flowers are vulnerable to the bacteria that grows and collects in the still waters of a vase. Changing the water every two or three days will help keep your flowers fresher so they can last longer. To preserve the arrangement, simply tip the vase over a sink or drain, letting the water run completely out. Then pour water over the tops of the flowers until the vase is full again.
Flower Care Tip Number Three—Trim and Trim Again
Most people know that you should trim at least ½ inch off of your flowers’ stems before placing them in a vase—and if you didn’t, you do now—but you should also trim them each time you change the water. The first trim is to reopen the flowers’ lifeline to the water as stems begin to dry up as soon as they are cut. This means that the cells in the stem die, making them unable or less than able to absorb water.
Cutting the stems exposes the fresh cells to the water, making easier for the flower to drink and stay fresh. Plus, re-cutting them each time you change the water ensures that only the freshest cells are in contact with the water, thus prolonging the life of your flowers.
Flower Care Tip Number Four—Sharpen Your Scissors
When trimming your flowers, be sure you use very sharp scissors. Dull blades smash the tissue and cells at the end of the stem, thus reducing the flower’s ability to absorb water. Sharp blades make clean cuts that render the cells unharmed.
Flower Care Tip Number Five—Avoid Heat and Light
Contrary to living flowers, cut flowers don’t do well in light. Keep them out of the sun as they are already at their peak. Sun, light and heat encourage them to mature further, quickening their ultimate ending. Cut flowers do best in a cool, dark area.
Flower Care Tip Number Six—Keep Flowers Away from Fruits and Veggies
While this might sound a little odd, most fruits and vegetables that are ripening release a gas called ethylene that is both invisible and odorless. While it poses zero threat to people, it’s poisonous to flowers. This is because flowers bear fruit.
Once flowers are pollinated, they develop fruit to form seeds to complete the reproduction cycle. Ethylene is actually a hormone that tells the flowers its time to drop petals and bear fruit—this means your flowers will wilt up and come to an end. This is especially true of apples and bananas—keep your flowers far away from them.
Flower Care Tip Number Seven—Feed Your Flowers Food
If your flowers came with packets of “flower food,” use them! They contain bactericide that keeps the water fresh for an extra day or two. This is helpful for people who work long hours, will be away for the weekend or are just plain forgetful. If you don’t have the packets, you can make your own:
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon bleach
- 1 quart of warm tap water
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Author Bio – This guest post is written by Wilma Nedler from Flowers to Lebanon, an online florist offering unique floral arrangements, specialty gifts and flowers in Lebanon for delivery for all occasions. Also if you’re planning a trip to Dubai and intend to visit Ski Dubai, do check out www.skidubai.com today.