Sending flowers and plants is an age old tradition that can be used to express a huge range of emotions and can often say what words cannot. From I love you to I miss you and from hello’s to goodbyes, the gift of flowers can really make a difference to peoples days.
So when you’ve received your flowers, here are a few tips to making them last and getting the best out of your gift.
1. Remember flowers are not inanimate objects.
Flowers need care and attention to remain beautiful for as long as possible. A few simple tricks to follow are; do not keep them in direct sunlight, avoid having them near a heat source (such as a radiator or fireplace) and avoid having them next to a continued draft of air.
2. Flowers need water!
Like everything living, flowers need a food and water source to remain healthy. Change the water in a vase arrangement every two days to stop the water becoming stagnant and harmful.
3. Cut the stems
Some bouquets will come ready cut (most Aquapacks are delivered this way), while others will be delivered as a Flatpack where you will need to cut the stems down to fit the vase of your choice. This also allows for the flowers to receive a more consistent water supply. Cut the stems 2-3cms from the base at an angle with a sharp knife to allow better water uptake
4. Remove any dying stems
4-7days after the bouquet has been delivered, some stems may start to show signs that they are dying. It is best to remove these stems so they do not have a negative effect on the remaining stems. Don’t let foliage fall below the water line as this can create bacteria and shorten the life of the flowers.
5. Remove excess leaves
Bouquets will often be delivered in bud, this is to retain freshness and ensure the bloom within 1-2 days of delivery. It is important that when you remove them and cut the stems, that you also remove excess leaves on the stems. You want to keep some for display purposes, but removing a few with help the longevity of your bouquet.
6. Keep away from fresh and ripening fruit
As fruits ripen they release a gas which is harmful to flowers and can lead to the wilting sooner.
In spring daffodils are a very popular choice for bouquets. If possible however, do not re-cut the stems on these as the milky sap they produce can be poisonous to your other flowers.
Following these simple hints and tips can increase the lifespan of your flowers and help you to enjoy the gift of flowers for even longer.
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