Top Tips On How To Keep Your Flowers Fresher For Longer
Prep your vase
Warm water and a small dose of bleach will do the trick in removing any dust or dirt in your vase. Allow the vase to dry naturally, don’t use a towel! This is the first step in prevent bacteria from growing in your vase and decreasing the longevity of your bouquet.
Condition your water
Fill the vase with lukewarm water and stir the flower food in well. Let the water rest until its at room temperature, allowing any bubbles to escape and food to dissolve. Your flowers will drink up warm water more efficiently than cold, so its crucial that for their first drink its not in cold water.
If your flowers have woody stems like roses, they will prefer a vase that is 2/3rds full, whereas those with softer stems, such as tulips like a more shallow drink, so you should fill the vase to only half way.
Remove any leaves that will sit below the water line and continue to remove dead leaves, stems and petals daily to avoid bacteria rot. If your flowers are from a florist, they will have already pruned and conditioned your flowers.
Avoid picking out floating foliage with your hands, try to use a fork or utensil.
Cut the Stems
Using a sharp clean knife, cut between one and two inches off the bottom at a sharp angle.
Cutting at an angle stops the stems from sitting flat in the vase and allows for better water intake due to the larger base. Freshly cut stems create a natural pressure that sucks up water so once pruned quickly place into the vase before they suck up dust in the surrounding air which will clog the stems.
Feed your flowers
Do add flower food to prolong the life of your flowers (except with tulips).
Flower food is a cocktail of bleach, sugar and nitric acid that will do wonders for your flowers! The bleach helps kill any bacteria, while the sugar provides energy and the acid balances the PH of the water. The citric acid also dissolves air bubbles and boost the effectiveness of the bleach. One sachet on average contains the right dosage for 1 litre of water, but be careful not to overdose!
Or make your own!
You may have a few things around the house that can act as equally good flower foods. They could just be old wives tales but why not give them a try?
Apple Cider Vinegar + Sugar
Putting your flowers in the fridge over night will also help your flowers to stay fresher for longer. We have also heard tales of hairspray working pretty well too!
Location, Location, Location
Your flowers will last longer if you place them out of direct sunlight, heat, drafts and not near fruit. Fruit give off tiny amounts of ethylene gas that can reduce the life of your bouquet!
If you can, place them in a cool room away from open windows, heating or cooling vents, which will cause the flowers to dehydrate.
Don’t neglect your flowers!
To maintain healthy flowers change out the water every few days and give your vase a thorough clean. Do this when the water goes cloudy too. When doing so trim an inch off the stems to unclog and reopen them. Handle your flowers with care, warm human hands will dry the flowers out.