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Friday, April 27, 2018
Flower Care Tips to Help Them Last Longer!
You've received a beautiful arrangement as a gift! Now you may be wondering how to care for it. Here are some tips to ensure a long-lasting bouquet:
Since flowers continue to drink water after they’ve been cut, it’s important to keep fresh flowers in water at all times. Exposing the stem to air, even briefly, can cause the water-absorbing cells to shrivel which can shorten the life of your flowers.
Mix the water with the flower food that’s been provided. Make sure that it has been properly mixed and is not too diluted or too concentrated or cloudy. If you don't have flower food, lemon lime soda, crushed aspirin or other home remedies can work in a pinch. Revive wilted flowers by submerging the entire stem up to the flower head in warm water for 10 minutes.
Trim the flower stems at an angle before inserting in water. Cutting the stems at an angle prevents them from sitting flat at the bottom of the vase which can block the absorption of water. Re-trim the stems once every day.
Look out for dead or loose leaves that may be submerged in water, and remove them. Leaving them will cause bacterial rot which can shorten the life of your bouquet.
You’ll notice that some flowers will bloom before others. As more mature blossoms die, prune them away which will encourage other buds to open.
Avoid heat & drafts
Place your flowers in an area that’s protected from excessive heat such as heat-generating appliances like heaters or ovens and direct sunlight. You’ll also want to avoid areas with drafts like near an open window or in the line of a fan.
For those with allergies or sensitivities to flower fragrance, the best non-fragrant options are tropical flowers such as orchids, anthurium, birds of paradise or other tropical varieties. Oriental lilies, particularly Stargazer lilies, are strongly fragranced and should be avoided.
Varieties that are particularly toxic to animals include lilies, palms, tulip bulbs, narcissus bulbs, azaleas, rhododendrons, cyclamens, kalanchoes, amaryllises, chrysanthemums, English ivy and peace lilies.