Receiving a bouquet of flowers is always incredibly pleasant and joyful, but often, on the next day, you can find already withered flowers. Of course, it is not a very pleasant situation. To prevent this from happening, we have prepared for you a few simple and effective tips on how to properly care for the bouquet to keep it fresh as long as possible.
Bouquet Care Instructions
- Remove the packaging from the bouquet.
- Remove any leaves that may come in contact with water in the vase.
- Cut the stems at an angle of 45 degrees.
- Wash the vase with an antibacterial agent.
- Fill the vase with a clean, cool (10-15 degrees) water. Let it stand.
- Add special flower food to the water.
- Place the bouquet in a cool place with a stream of fresh air.
Remove the packaging from the bouquet
No matter how beautiful the packaging of the bouquet may be, you need to remove it before placing the bouquet in a vase. Otherwise, the package can injure the flowers and interfere with normal water consumption.
Remove any leaves that may come in contact with water in the vase
You need to remove the leaves from the bouquet, which theoretically can touch the water. Leaves can pollute the water in a vase.
Cut the stems at an angle of 45 degrees
Before you put flowers in water, you must cut them. Trim the stems with a sharp and clean knife or secateurs at an angle of 45 degrees to avoid damage. If we are talking about tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and similar flowers, we usually cut them with an even cut and a sharp knife. If such flowers are in a multicomponent bouquet, then first cut off all the flowers, and then bulbs, as they secrete mucus, which, when it comes to the stems of other flowers, promotes the development of bacteria. You need to update the cut each time you change the water since the flowers tend to “seal it” when they come in contact with air, thereby limiting the flow of water.
Wash the vase with an antibacterial agent
The vase must be clean, washed with any antibacterial agent. This is necessary to prevent the emergence of bacteria that contribute to the withering and decay of flower stems. Be sure to wash the vase every 2 days, in parallel with the replacement of water.
Also, pay attention to the size of the vase. The minimum volume should not be less than 1 liter. It is advisable to check with the florist regarding the necessary amount of water for certain flowers. For example, hyacinths, tulips, amaryllis, calla lilies do not need a lot of water. The stems of roses, hydrangeas, astilbe, on the contrary, should be at least half in the water.
Fill the vase with a clean and cool water
The water should be clean and cool so that the flowers retain their freshness for as long as possible. Recommended water temperature should be between 10-15 degrees. It is also desirable to leave the water in the vase for some time before putting a bouquet in it.
Add special flower food to the water
For our bouquets, we always provide a small bag with an agent that will extend the life of the flower. Why do we recommend using a professional flower food? When a flower is cut, we deprive it of water, nutrition, and growth hormone. They get all this from the so-called "main plant". Flower food lowers the level of PH, stimulates the consumption of water and nutrients, and also prevents the growth of bacteria.
Put the bouquet in a cool place with fresh air
An ideal place for a bouquet would be a cool place with an influx of fresh air. Make sure that the bouquet is away from drafts, direct sunlight, as well as heat sources (fireplaces, batteries). It should also be noted that it is undesirable to put a bouquet next to fruits and vegetables.
High-quality care for the bouquet will help maintain its freshness and beauty for a long time.