The wonderful Debbie of Bouquet Florists, Cheddar, has enlightened us with her wisdom and shared her top tips on preserving flowers for longer. Although the care of flowers will vary from flower to flower, below are some basic guidelines on ensuring your bouquets last longer- fingers crossed we can put this into practice come Valentines day!
- Re-cut flowers before transferring into a vase; cut the stems at a 45 degree angle, this allows the flower to get a greater intake of the water it needs
- The water should be at tap temperature- avoid letting it run, it’s at it’s best when just turned on.
- Re-cut the flowers every few days for the reasons above. When doing this, change the water too!
- Keep flowers out of direct sunlight and hot areas (such as the kitchen) as flowers won’t survive as long as say placing them on the dining table.
- If you buy flowers for a friend, colleague, neighbour etc. that you plan to see a day later- make sure you take them out of the car, if temperatures drop overnight, your flowers will freeze!
- Take the foliage out of your bouquet! Foliage makes the water smell and will more than likely affect the longevity of the flowers. Alternatively, if you want to keep the foliage, keep it above/out of water.
- Use the flower food provided- this is quite key in ensuring a longer life for your flowers, it provides it with the nutrients it needs! If you don’t have any/you’ve run out or are topping up/changing your water then a teaspoon of sugar is good as is a couple of squeezes of lemon juice.
- Can be kept in the water provided for a couple of days, after this, place the flowers in the sink and cut into the water bag and drain the water this way; cut the stems (see above) and place in a vase with clean water.
- The oasis (the sponge the flowers are in) must be kept topped up with water. If/once the oasis dries out and to try and keep the flowers for as long as possible, transfer them into a vase or another pot. Once the oasis dries up it loses its ability to hold water.
Note: The stamens in a lily (the pollen) are highly poisonous to cats- ask your florist to remove them for you (which can only be done if the lily is open) or keep them in a place your cat doesn’t go (or don’t get them at all).
General tip: if you get pollen on your clothes, DO NOT wet it! Instead, get some sellotape and dap it off.