Flowers bring beauty, fragrance, and joy to our lives. Whether you receive them as a gift or purchase them for yourself, it's always disheartening when they wilt and fade away too quickly. As a dedicated London florist, it's our mission to help you prolong the lifespan of your beloved blooms. In this blog post, we'll share some invaluable tips to make your flowers last longer, allowing you to savour their beauty for as long as possible.
Trim and Prune:
Upon receiving a bouquet, start by giving the stems a fresh cut at a 45-degree angle. This technique allows for better water absorption. Remove any leaves that will be submerged in water, as they can promote bacterial growth. Regularly trim the stems every few days, maintaining the same angle, to enhance water intake and prevent the formation of air pockets that hinder hydration.
Clean Vases and Containers:
Before arranging your flowers, ensure that your vase or container is sparkling clean. Residue or bacteria can contaminate the water, shortening the life of your flowers. Wash the vase with warm water and a mild detergent, then rinse thoroughly before adding the flowers.
Add Flower Food:
Adding flower food, available at florists or garden centres, can also extend their lifespan by providing essential nutrients. We provide flower food with our fresh flower bouquets, simply stir this into the clean water before adding in your flowers to keep the water clean and avoid bacteria.
Change Water and Recondition:
To prevent bacterial growth, change the water in your vase every two to three days. Before refilling, thoroughly clean the vase and trim the stems as mentioned earlier. Reconditioning the flowers involves refreshing the water and adding floral preservatives or flower food. This practice ensures that the blooms receive a continuous supply of nutrients.
Keep Them Cool:
Flowers are sensitive to temperature changes. To extend their lifespan, display them in a cool location, away from direct sunlight, heating vents, and appliances that generate heat. Exposure to high temperatures can cause wilting and accelerate the aging process. Additionally, avoid placing flowers near fruits, as ripening produce releases ethylene gas, which can hasten flower decay.
Mist and Hydrate:
Some flowers benefit from regular misting to maintain humidity levels. Use a clean spray bottle filled with water to lightly mist the petals and foliage. Alternatively, you can wrap the flowers in a damp paper towel or cloth for a few hours to provide extra hydration. Be cautious not to soak the flowers, as excess moisture can lead to rot.
Remove Wilting Flowers:
Even with the best care, some flowers may still fade sooner than others. Remove any wilting or decaying flowers promptly to prevent the spread of bacteria to healthier blooms. This practice also helps redirect the plant's energy to the remaining flowers, prolonging their longevity.
By following our top tips, you can significantly extend the lifespan of your flowers, ensuring that their beauty and fragrance grace your home or office for as long as possible. Remember to provide proper care, maintain cleanliness, and create an ideal environment for your blooms to flourish. With a little effort and attention, Your London Florist flowers will continue to enchant and brighten your space, bringing you joy and admiration day after day.