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Caring For Your Flowers
Location, Location, Location
Displaying your flowers in the right place is one of the most important factors in prolonging their lifespan. Most flowers prefer a cool room with temperatures between 18-22 degrees Celsius (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit). Try to avoid placing your flowers around anything that emits heat, or causes air movement as it can dehydrate the flowers so try and keep them away from direct sunlight, hot lights, vents, drafty windows/doorways, ceiling fans, radiators, etc. Finally, avoid keeping fruit as your flowers’ neighbour. Ripening fruit release small amounts of ethylene gas that can cause fresh flowers to age prematurely.
Keep Them Clean and Well Hydrated
Flowers will naturally absorb water but some of it will also evaporate, especially during the drier seasons like autumn and winter when the heat in your home is turned on. Check the water level daily and add a little fresh water when necessary. When filling your vase, or topping up the water, remember to keep the level below any foliage or branches on the stems of the flowers as they could promote bacterial growth that can harm the flowers by shortening its lifespan. If your flowers are in floral foam, keep the water level just below the foam for longer lasting flowers.
Trim the Stems, Change the Water and Feed the Flowers
Change the water in your vase every 2-3 days and re-cut the flower stems. Snip approximately ¾” to 1” from the bottom and cut at an angle for best water absorption. Try to avoid crushing the stems when cutting them, as this can inhibit their ability to absorb the water. Use a sharp knife or scissors for the cleanest cut possible. Also clip off dead or damaged blooms and any foliage that might have fallen into the water, in the vase. If the water in your vase is cloudy, thoroughly clean the container before refilling.
If you received an arrangement already in a vase, to avoid disturbing the design tie the flowers with twine just above the vase’s edge before taking them out. Keep the arrangement together to re-cut the stems and place it back all at once.
Flower food comes with your order and it contains ingredients to nourish the flowers, to encourage buds to open and to suppress bacterial grown which can block the stems and prevent them from absorbing water. It’s one of the best and easiest ways to extend the life of your flowers but be sure to read the directions on the package carefully. Too much flower food can actually harm your flowers as it contains a fertilizer that can “burn” your flowers. We recommend that you use a ¼ teaspoon. This may require more frequent water changes, but your flowers will last longer.