Fresh-cut flowers can brighten up your interior. Some simple steps can help prolong the freshness of flowers.
Flowers need a plastic or paper wrap to protect them from excessive heat or cold in transit. It is best to get them home and placed in water as soon as possible.
If you have a long way to travel, bring a bucket of water in the car and put flowers in it, or wrap them the ends of the stems in a damp paper towel.
Before you use the vase for fresh flowers, wash them in hot soapy water and rinse well. This will result in the removal of microorganisms to help keep water clean.
Remove the leaves from parts of the stems that will be submerged.
Cut the stems a little longer than they should be to fit your vase. Then make the final cut under an angle of 45 degrees with a sharp knife about 1 to 2 inches from the bottom of each flower stem. Cutting at an angle increases the surface area for water intake.
Try to avoid crushing the stem while cutting.
If You are unable cut the stems under water, soak them in water as soon as possible after cutting. Keep fresh flowers in water until you are ready to transfer them to a vase or arrangement.
Tap water is generally fine for vases, if you have no water softener. Soft water, which has a high content of sodium is not good for flowers. Distilled water will also work.
If a packet of floral preservative came with the bouquet, add it to the water, following the instructions on the package. It will work better than homemade solutions. The addition of a small amount of bleach — no more than 1 teaspoon per liter of water can help keep water clean and prevent bacteria.
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To keep a steady flow of water and nutrients to the flowers, it is ideal to trim a bit of the ends of the stems and change the water every other day.
Cut flowers will stand longer if stored at lower temperatures. Keep them away from direct sunlight and hot places near heating appliances, as well as colder areas, such as near Windows or doors in the winter.
Avoid placing your arrangement near ripening fruit, which releases tiny amounts of ethylene gas that can cause colors rapidly aging.
See also: Edible flowers