What are the best ways to make your flower arrangements last longer?
- Change the water regularly
- Avoid direct sunlight
- Cut the stems properly
- Keep it away from ripening fruits and vegetables
- Remove any wilted flowers immediately
- Consider household remedies
Let’s say someone sends you a flower delivery from the Philippines. Everything is perfect — it is wrapped meticulously and the buds are grown beautifully. Rose bouquets are synonymous with quality but even the best ones need special care when outside their natural habitat. It will start to wilt without the roots. You would find ways to make the flower arrangements last longer, especially if it is from someone you deeply care about.
There’s a myriad of ways to care for fresh cut flowers that goes beyond placing them in a vase under the sun. Read on because we’ve rounded up a guide to prolong the life of your flowers!
Change The Water Regularly
It is common knowledge that flowers need water to survive. So, after you keep the stunning red rose bouquet cool and arranged, make sure that the water is changed regularly.
Most flower owners fail to fill up deep vases with enough water. Instead, you would want to put about ¾ of its height. If a rose should wilt, remove them from the bunch and submerge the entire rose in warm water. It should revive within two hours.
Flowers absorb a lot of water and are highly susceptible to bacteria build-up. A telltale sign to change the water is if it gets clouded. It would be best to throw out the water and replenish it every 2 to 3 days.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Don’t make the mistake of placing your floral arrangement under direct sunlight. The knowledgeable florists already harvested the flowers at their “peak” stages, where the buds are in full bloom.
This may sound contradictory, but direct sunlight accelerates the evaporation of water and causes the flowers to dry out faster and wither. Do not end up cleaning up wilted petals often. Keep in mind that flowers will last longer in cool rooms with a good amount of light exposure. In a similar way, too much humidity does not enhance floral growth as well.
Cut The Stems Properly
You’ve probably heard it before, but cutting your flowers’ stem properly really is the key to making sure your roses last as long as they possibly can. Do this regularly because the procedure is fairly simple!
For example, after receiving your flower bouquet from Island Rose, cut its stems just right above the floral tubes at a 45-degree angle. The floral tubes are designed to assist water flow through the stem. You should also make sure that your flowers are cut under warm running water.
The 45-degree angle will help the stems absorb water, while the sharp cut will further allow more water to seep through.
Keep It Away From Ripening Fruits and Vegetables
This cannot be emphasized enough: keep your floral arrangement from ripening fruits and vegetables. Whether it’s bananas, mangoes, apples, or tomatoes — these will produce ethylene.
Ethylene is a colorless chemical with a faint “sweet and musky” that speeds up the aging process of flowers. It can also be produced from fumes. To be safe, avoid placing your flowers in the kitchen completely. The early signs of flower decay may come in the form of discoloration or falling petals.
Remove Any Wilted Flowers Immediately
All your flowers won’t last at the same time and this can be due to a variety of reasons such as quality and how easily they’ve been absorbing water. Nonetheless, you need to remove any wilted flowers immediately.
Once flowers die, it will release ethylene too. Make sure to act quickly and remove the wilted flowers. Don’t forget to include the leaves that might be submerged underwater to prevent water contamination.
Consider Household Remedies
In addition to general care, many have also been experimenting with different ways to make flower arrangements last longer. Think household remedies like adding soda and floral preservatives and even placing your flowers in the refrigerator.
For soda, pour about ¼ cup into the water. The sugar in the soda is proven to make blossoms last longer. If you have a clear vase, you might want to use clear sodas. Adding store-bought floral preservatives is a tried and tested way to extend the life of flowers.
Lastly, your fridge is one of the best places to keep your flowers for a good reason. It is the one place in your home that is cool and does not produce excessive sunlight. Clear the shelves and leave the flowers in the refrigerator for about six hours overnight to help them maintain that stunning bloom.
A lot of effort goes into maintaining flower arrangements. But trust us, in the end, it provides an excellent sense of fulfillment when you see the healthy petals.
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