5 Flower Care Tips You Should Know About


October 29, 2020

What are some flower care tips you should know about?

  1. Replenish the water every few days
  2. Cut the stems
  3. Keep them away from direct sunlight
  4. Don’t place them near ripening produce
  5. Place them inside a refrigerator

Let’s say you were the recipient of a bouquet of flowers. They’re stunning, beautiful, and can leave you smiling for days. Especially if you got them from someone you care about. But what happens next? You certainly don’t want their beauty to fade away so quickly now, do you? Fortunately, there are a handful of flower care tips that you can use to your advantage.

There’s a way to take care of your cut flowers that goes beyond placing them inside a vase and leaving them sitting under a light source. With these tips, you can prolong the life of your flowers to as much as 12 days. Check them out!

Replenish the Water Every Few Days

A woman changing the water of flowers in a vase

Common knowledge will tell you that all plants need water to survive — yes, even your cut flowers! After you’ve transferred your beautiful red rose bouquet from its sleek packaging and into a clear and sturdy vase, you now need to make sure that the water is replenished every few days. This is a great way to help keep your cut flowers fresh for much longer and protected from bacterial build-up.

First-time flower owners may make the mistake of filling up a large vase with only an inch or two of water, but the amount of water isn’t really sufficient. Instead, you’ll want to top it up with water that’s around 75% of the flower’s height.

A good sign that tells you it’s time to change the water is if it’s already gotten murky because of bacteria or other dead stems and particles. Make sure to remove any of these particles before filling it up with tap or filtered water — but the latter works best.

Cut the Stems

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a plantito or plantita to know the proper ways of trimming the stems of your flowers. It’s fairly simple. What’s important is to understand that the primary reason behind cutting the stems of your already-cut flowers is to help them better reabsorb nutrients.

For example, let’s say that you’ve just ordered a beautiful box of vibrant flowers from Island Rose. As soon as you get home and admire your lovely bouquet, you might notice that the ends of your stems have started to dry out.

Dried-out stems are a good indicator that it’s time to cut part of them. Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut at least an inch (1) or half an inch (½) at a 45-degree angle. This opens up the stems of your flowers and gives them a larger surface area by which they can take in the nutrients from the water.

Keep Them Away from Direct Sunlight

A single rose in a vase

You may be thinking that keeping your cut flowers away from sunlight goes against everything that you know about taking care of flowers. However, think about it this way: Your cut flowers have already been freshly harvested at their peak and when they’re at their most beautiful. Excessive sunlight will just cause the flowers to wilt.

In many ways, direct sunlight can speed up the dehydration process of your flowers. For bouquets, you may find that you need to frequently remove wilted flowers, leaves petals, and broken stems if they’re placed under a direct light source. Instead, you’ll want to keep them in a cool environment that has just the right amount of light exposure.

Don’t Place Them Near Ripening Produce

This cannot be emphasized enough: don’t place your freshly-cut bouquet of flowers near ripening produce — be it apples, bananas, or even any vegetable. This is because pieces of produce still in their ripening stages emit high levels of ethylene, which is essential in changing their texture, appearance, and aroma.

To be safe, don’t place your flowers in the kitchen or dining room where any fruits and vegetables may be placed. The ethylene produced can rapidly speed up your flowers’ aging process. Early signs of flower deterioration may come in the form of fallen petals or discoloration. Avoid this from taking place by placing your vase in an area that doesn’t produce any fumes, excessive heat, lighting, or any heavy wind drafts that can cause their wilting.

Place Them Inside a Refrigerator

A woman preparing to put her vase of flowers in the refrigerator

Your fridge may be an unusual location to keep your flowers — in fact, it may not even be on your list. However, if you think about it, the fridge is one of the best areas to help keep your flowers fresh for a much longer time — it doesn’t produce excessive heat that can dry up the flowers.

First, you’ll need to make sure that you clear out space in your fridge to keep the flowers in. If possible, get a small fridge that can be used exclusively for this purpose, away from fruits and vegetables. Next, make sure that the temperature is set below 5 degrees Celsius.

Keep your flowers inside the fridge for at least six (6) hours every night. This helps them maintain their fresh bloom and keep their petals looking vibrant and sturdy. The cool refrigerator air helps the flowers retain the moisture that they need.

Key Takeaway

With this guide, you’ve learned five (5) flower care tips that can extend the life of your flowers for more than a week.

As mentioned, make sure that you replace the water inside the vase and always fill it up to ¾ of your flowers’ height. Remove any dead stems or petals that can produce harmful bacteria for your flowers and always make sure they’re placed in a cool area that’s free from direct heat and sunlight.

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