Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How To Care For Flowers: Tips From An Expert

A lot of people will be stopping to smell the roses on Valentine’s Day. According to CNN, 224 million roses were grown for Valentine’s Day in 2013, with people spending $1.9 billion on flowers for this holiday. The most popular type of flower?  Red roses, purchased by 51 percent of people buying flowers for Valentine’s Day. With so many people receiving bouquets, we wanted to provide you with flower care tips, and asked the experts at one company, Giftblooms, for some help. Head floral designer at Giftblooms, gave us three key ways to care for flowers so they will last as long as possible.

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After you receive your bouquet, you can help your fresh flowers last longer by following these simple cut flower care guidelines. Florist always uses the freshest flowers available to fill your bouquet. Knowing how to make your flowers last longer will add to your enjoyment of them, and will help keep them vibrant and long lasting.

A floral life extender packet is typically included with your floral delivery; it is basically sugar that helps keep the bacteria count in the water low. An aspirin, (not ibuprofen), works just a well. Aspirin seems to lengthen the life of the flowers. Just be sure to snip a bit off the ends of the flowers each day.

Check your flowers daily

How to Care For Flowers: Tips
Keep the vase, container or liner filled with fresh water. Even if the container has floral foam, you should keep the water level high to promote long lasting flowers. The container’s water has a fresh flower food added to it. If you completely change the water, you should also thoroughly clean the container. Add fresh water mixed with a commercial fresh flower food. These flower foods may be supplied by the florist who delivered your order and they contain the correct ingredients to properly nourish the flowers, keep bacteria at bay (which can block the stems and prevent them from absorbing water), encourage buds to open, and lengthen the life of the bouquet. It’s one of the best—and easiest—ways to extend the life of your flowers, but be sure to follow the directions on the package correctly. Improperly mixed flower food can actually do more harm than good.

Re-cut their stems

How to Care For Flowers: Tips
Every few days, remove the flowers from the design and re-cut the stems. Remove 3/4" to one inch from the bottom of the stem and be sure to cut the stem at an angle to allow the flower the best chance to take up water. Use a sharp knife or sharp floral cutter or scissor. Avoid smashing or piercing the stems, as this can destroy the water vessels in the stem and prevent water absorption. Remove any spent or damaged blooms or foliage that falls below the waterline in the vase.


To avoid disturbing the stem placements in a vase arrangement, tie the stems with twine just above the vase’s edge before taking them out of their vase. Hold the tied arrangement at the twine-bound point to re-cut the stems. Then place them back into the clean vase with the fresh water and a flower food.

Change Their Water, And Add Additional Fresh Flower Food

How to Care For Flowers: Tips
Be sure to clean the vase before refilling it with room-temperature water mixed with the proper amount of fresh flower food. Be sure no debris is floating in the water (such as leaves and stem parts) as this could promote the growth of bacteria which can shorten a flower's life.

Display Flowers In A Cool Spot

How to Care For Flowers: Tips
Most flowers prefer temperatures between 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 22 degrees Celsius) and are best displayed away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators, which give off heat and can cause flowers to dehydrate. Avoid placing fresh flowers near ripening fruit, which releases tiny amounts of ethylene gas that can age them prematurely.

Use “Flower Food” For Most Flowers

While changing the water every other day or so is often just as effective for making flowers last longer, adding those flower food packets that come with packaged flowers are beneficial as well. This is especially true if you’re forgetful/lazy and won’t be changing your flowers’ water regularly. In addition to “feeding” the bouquet, these food packets contain a bactericide that keeps the water fresh for a day or two longer. You can make your own flower food by adding about 1 teaspoon of sugar, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and a 1 teaspoon of bleach to your vase before adding about a quart of warm tap water. It is worth noting that there are a few flowers that actually do NOT like the flower food in the vase. Some of these are: zinnias, sunflowers and glades.

Use Sharp Scissors When Cutting

If you use dull old scissors or snips to trim your flowers, you are often smashing, and thus damaging, the tissue/cells at the end of the stem. Damaged cells cannot absorb water as effectively as healthy cells. Sharp scissors, ensure a clean cut that leaves cells unharmed (except the poor little that inevitably get sliced).

So, these are the ideas that we can use for saving our flowers which gift by someone on our special occasion. You can save your flowers for a long time.