flower care

 
Increase the lifespan of your flowers
A step-by-step guide on how to enjoy your flowers longer
 by Martin Schgaguler – Illustrated by Pascaline Lefebvre
STEP ONE
Select a Vase
 
There are a number of things you can do to extend the life of your flowers. Select a vase that fits the size and shape of the bouquet. Take the flowers out of their packaging, remove the protective film and pour away the water.
STEP TWO
Clean Your Vase Carefully
 
Flowers wilt and rot because of bacteria in the water. To help reduce bacteria build-up and increase your flowers’ lifespan, ensure the vase is cleaned and thus bacteria-free before the flowers are first placed in it. To help keep your flowers fresh and vibrant, clean your vase every two days and refill, rather than top up the water.
STEP THREE
Water & Flower Food
 
Fill your vase with tepid water, because cut flowers absorb warm water more quickly than cold. Add the floral preservative that you receive with your arrangement. This will help extend the life of the flowers by providing nutrients and inhibiting bacterial growth in the water.
STEP FOUR
Remove Leaves
 
Remove any excess foliage on the lower section of the stems. Leaves or flowers that are underwater will begin to rot and add bacteria to the water, which will shorten the life of your flowers. Prevent this by stripping off the excess foliage on the lower section of the stem.
STEP FIVE
Recut the Stems
 
Recut the stem before you put the flower in the vase so it can take up water efficiently. Make the cut at a 45-degree angle, which provides a greater cut surface for water absorption. Trim the stems of your flowers regularly. They have a tendency to reseal themselves and restrict water flow.
STEP SIX
Avoid Direct Sunlight
 
For a long lifespan of your flowers, display in a cool, well ventilated place out of direct sunlight and keep them away from heat and drafts. Refrigerate your flowers in the evening, but not at too cold a temperature (don’t put them in the freezer). If there is no room in your fridge, move them to a cool location. Refrigeration will help maintain your cut flowers’ beauty.
STEP SEVEN
Avoid Fruits & Vegetables
 
Avoid placing flowers near fruits and vegetables, which give off ethylene gas that shortens the life of flowers.