Flower Aftercare – So it’s now a few day since Valentines Day and we have plenty of customers asking what can I do to make my beautiful flowers last that little bit longer, the answer is with simple flower aftercare as detailed below:
With a little TLC and some simple after-care, you should be able to maximise the longevity of your flowers by following a few simple steps:
FRESH WATER – as silly as it may seem fresh cut flowers need water, leaving flowers in an empty water-less vase is the easiest, and most simple mistake people make. Your flowers will last a day or two with no water, and will rapidly wilt and die. You should aim to remove the old stale water when you can by removing the flowers from the vase, and thoroughly washing the vase in warm clean water to remove any bacteria and debris which may come of the flower stems – do not use anything chemical based on the vase such as washing up liquid, this is a sure fire way to send your flowers to an early finish if you leave any residue in the vase. Once you have cleaned your vase, replace the water in the vase ensuring the fresh water is no warmer than room temperature. If your flowers are based in an Eco-Vase, you can simply ‘top up’ the water levels with fresh water inside using a small cup or measuring jug.
CHECKING YOUR FLOWERS – before returning your flowers to their vase, you should inspect the flowers for any sign of decay, these may be old leaves, dead heads or off-shoots that will now need to be removed. Simply cut these off. By removing these you will not only prolong the life of the flower itself, but also means that you do not have decaying matter in the water which will contaminate it and impact on flower life.
CUTTING STEMS – The stems of fresh flowers close rapidly once initially cut, and this will cause a restriction in the amount of water that the flower is able to draw up its stem from the vase, less water means less longevity. We always freshly condition our flowers once received at Bromborough Flowers prior to sale, but even after this, stems will still close over the coming days when at home. To resolve this, simply take the flower stem and cut at 45 degrees with a suitable set of scissors, or cutters approximately 2/3 cm from the base of the stem, this will re-open the closure and allow more water to freely pass up the flower stem, whereby you can return to your vase.
LOCATION – Location of your flowers can often be the most significant cause of wilting and flower degradation after a lack of water. Whilst putting your flower arrangement on the fireplace may look spectacular, don’t expect your flowers to last too long if your fire is raging hot throughout the day, the same can be said for putting your flowers in a drafty and cold position in the house, such as a front porch or conservatory that is unheated or ventilated. The ideal temperature for most flowers is one that is not subject to large temperature fluctuations, and is a temperate heat.
We hope the above helps, but as always please feel free to contact one of the team at Bromborough Flowers if you need any further advice or guidance.