Sure, flowers look beyond beautiful when they arrive at your door.. but how do you keep them looking that way?
We can help!
I’m sure you’ve heard all of the old wives’ tales to keeping your flowers perky. But we’re here with some easy common sense tips from our experts..
First, cut the stems and cut them diagonal. This helps the stem drink as much water as they’d like. When you cut stems straight across, their stem sticks to the bottom of the vase, allowing limited water access. Second, check your water and change it when needed. The water tends to get cloudy pretty quickly so keep an eye out. It’s much more obvious in a clear vase, but if you’re using a solid container you might forget to change the water or add some if needed. Don’t forget the temperature needs to be just right! Not too hot, not too cold.
Not to mention, some flowers just last longer than others! We know, we know… you hate carnations! But you have to admit they do last foreverrrrrrrrr. Some flower types require different processing than others. Which is also what comes in to play when keeping your flowers on life support. For example, gerbera daisies. They are big and beautiful but they droop because of their large head. They come to us from the farm with what we call “straws”. These are plastic tubes that keep the stem straight and the head up. That way, when the stem begins to drink water and it doesn’t quickly bend, the flower head can receive the adequate amount of water needed (helping longevity).
Another tricky flower are roses, everyone loves roses – right? Well you can keep them at your table even longer when you follow our tricks at the top and peel back those ugly petals! The outer petals of the roses begin to look bruised sooner than the inside petals, so imply pull them back and you will see fresh petals and the roses will look brand new.
With any flowers, make sure before putting them in the vase you take off all of the unnecessary greenery. If you’ve made it this far into the blog, you understand that the stems drink from the water from the bottom to the top. So, if you have leaves on the stem, then when the water rises it is distributed to those leaves before the head of the flower. Try these tips at home and let us know how much longer your flowers lasted!
We also are hosting a FREE workshop to talk one on one with a flower expert on all of these tips. Come with questions! Our workshop will be held this Saturday, August 11th from 11AM until noon. Click here to register for FREE!