25 Oct How To Care For Cut Flowers & Make Them Last
Different types of flowers can need special treatment, but almost everything from the best Gold Coast florist – Toogood Flower Studio – will last well if you follow these great tips for cut flower care!
- CHECK & REFILL / REPLACE THE WATER EVERY DAY.
Adding fresh water to your vase is the best way to help flower arrangements stay beautiful and last longer. The more flowers in the arrangement, the more the need for water will increase. So if you were lucky enough to get a huge bunch of flowers delivered, you’re going to need to give them a good drink!
Some cut flowers drink more water than others, so make sure you check the water level every day, adding more or replacing it as necessary.
- REMOVE ANYTHING THAT LOOKS A BIT SAD, BUT LEAVE EVERYTHING ELSE IN!
Just because one or two blooms have started to fade it doesn’t meant the whole lot have to go in the bin! Remove anything that looks a bit sad, maybe even just one or two petals if needed, but the rest can stay for as long as they can last!
- CUT AND RECUT THE ENDS OF STEMS.
This helps your flowers soak up as much water as possible. Use sharp scissors and cut about 3cm off the stems at an angle, rather than straight across. This will give you more surface area which will help the flower access the water more easily.
- USE FLOWER FOOD…
Packets of flower food will help feed your flowers, making them last longer. Most flower food contains sugar (for nutrients), an acidifier (to help maintain the water’s pH level and help the stems soak up water), and bleach (to reduce bacteria and mould in the water). You can even add half the packet when you first put the water in, and then the other half a few days later when you change the water.
- …OR MAKE YOUR OWN!
If you don’t have flower food, you can easily make your own by mixing water with sugar, lemon juice, and a little bit of household bleach. These three ingredients will feed your flowers, keep the stems open, and kill any bacteria that could prematurely age them or cause mould.
- STERILIZE THE VASE.
If your flowers just came in a bouquet, before you put them in a vase, just disinfect it with bleach and hot water.
- CHOOSE WHERE TO PUT YOUR FLOWERS
If flowers get too warm, they’ll wilt a lot faster. The best place for them is a relatively cool environment, away from direct sunlight, heating, and doorways. If you have air-con, your flowers will love you, especially over the warm Gold Coast summer.