Looking after your cut flowers – The Do’s & The Dont’s
We need water, fresh air and food and so do cut flowers, ensure your flowers are given these 3 things and you will enjoy your flower for their maximum vase life
Care & conditioning points to follow:
- Always use a clean container for your cut flowers, grubby containers harbour bacteria which will pollute the water and reduce flower life.
- Tap water is just fine for cut flowers, lukewarm water gives no benefits, but Ice-cold water can disperse air bubbles up inside the stem.
- Approx. two-thirds of water is enough for your cut flowers.
- Re-cutting the stems of your cut flowers is important. When flowers are out of water the end of the stem seals over and needs re-cutting to open up the capillaries to aid water intake. Cut the stems at sharp 45-degree angle to give a large area to absorb water, hollow stems need to be cut flat.
- Flower food has been developed to keep water clear of bacteria and feed the flower.
- All foliage below the water line should be removed to avoid decay and pollution to the water as this will shorten the vase life.
- Keep flower away from direct sunlight and heat, keep away from fires and radiators. A cool spot with good air circulation is ideal.
- Change the water every 2-3 days, ensuring the container is cleaned thoroughly.
- Avoid over crowding in the container as this will cause stem rot and could turn flower heads mouldy.
If you love cut flowers as much as I do why not take a look at getting a regular delivery, for yourself or as a gift – just contact me to arrange this for you.