Hints & Tips to make your flowers last longer
Unwrap your flowers
Open Bouquet - If you are now the proud owner of a beautiful bouquet of flowers you will need to unwrap them as soon as you get home.
Hand-Tied - But if you have received one of our Hand-Tied bouquets, the bubble of water will keep your flowers fresh for up to two days before the need to unwrap them.
Fill a clean vase with water and flower food
Ensure you have a clean vase and fill it about half way up with water. You can now add a flower food sachet to your vase of water and make sure it’s fully dissolved with a quick stir. Be careful not to overdose. The average sachet will contain the right dosage for approx 1 litre of water.
What does the flower food do? - Flower food is a mix of bleach, sugar and an citric acid.These ingredients contained in flower food create the perfect environment for cut flowers. The bleach eliminates harmful bacteria. Sugar provides the energy to allow them to blossom. Citric acid balances the PH of tap water, dissolves air bubbles and improves the effectiveness of the bleach.
Remove the leaves
Place the stems next to your vase to measure the right height for them to be cut. Remove any foliage that will fall below the waterline of your vase.
Why? - If any foliage is left below the waterline, it will introduce bacteria back into your clean water and will also decompose quickly being submerged.
Trim the Stems
You now need to cut the stems at an angle with a sharp knife of scissors about 2 cm from the base. It's best if you repeat this every couple of days. Once your flowers have been cut, place them immediately into your vase of water.
Why? - Cutting the stems with a sharp implement ensures a clean cut and the stem isn’t crushed, this aids water uptake. Cutting at an angle creates a larger opening at the base of the stem for more water uptake and stops the stems sitting flat at the base of the vase. Re-cutting allows an otherwise clogged stem to reopen and take up much more water. When stems have been cut they will suck up surrounding air and dust which clogs the stems so best get them back into water sooner rather than later.
Place in a suitable location
Keep your flowers in a cool place away from sources of heat such as household appliances or radiators, direct sunlight such as windowsills and drafts from windows or doors. Also keep some flowers away from any fruit or vegetables.
When cut flowers are subject to heat it causes them to release more water (transpire) than they can draw up the stem causing wilting to occur. That’s why wilting flowers are very moist at the head of the stem. Fruit releases ethylene gas as it ripens which poisons cut flowers causing wilting and browning
But try not to neglect your flowers for more than 2-3 days. Be sure to take them out the vase to trim them. Check the quality of your vase water, if it is slightly cloudy, change it for fresh water
Why? - No matter how meticulous you have been bacteria will still form and discolour your water. This is the most frequent cause for a short vase life so keeping on top of this is key to long life flowers.