Who doesn’t like receiving a big beautiful bouquet full of freshly-cut flowers? Those flowers won’t stay fresh for long if you don’t know how to take care of them, however. Here are a few tips on how to do just that.
The first step is to transfer the flowers to a vase filled with fresh water. Keep the water level high even if your flowers came in floral foam. Temperatures can vary, but The Savvy Homemaker recommends a water temperature of about 100°F to 110°F.
Add some floral preservative to the water. Some bouquets such as those from M&S Flowers come with a small packet of flower food, although you can make your own batch by mixing some sugar, lemon juice, and a little bleach into the water. Teleflora suggests that an aspirin tablet can also be used in a pinch.
You should also re-cut the flowers’ stems every few days. Tie them together just above the vase’s edge so you don’t have to rearrange them later. You can also follow Garden Guides and trim the stems underwater so as to prevent air bubbles from forming in the stems.
Cut the stems at a 45° angle about an inch from the bottom. The angular cut ensures that your flowers can absorb as much water as they can. Be very careful when cutting the stems. To avoid crushing or mashing them, use a sharp cutter or a pair of scissors. Cut off any foliage that falls below the waterline.
Once your flowers are in a vase, check them daily. If you replace the water completely, clean the container as well. Remove the leaves and stem parts to limit the growth of harmful bacteria. Don’t forget to add some floral preservative to the new batch of water.
Finally, display your flowers in a cool spot. Temperatures between 65°F and 72°F work well for most flowers. Don’t put them in direct sunlight or near a heat source like televisions or radiators. You might also want to move them to a cooler location every night to make them stay fresh and vibrant longer.
To your garden success!
Casey – the Garden Lass