Caring for your flowers
We all love to receive flowers and so to help you enjoy your gift for as long as possible, there are a number of easy steps that you can follow to ensure the longevity of your arrangement.
- Before placing the flowers in a vase/container it is advisable to cut the stem of each flower with a sharp knife and remove about 2-3 cm's from the end. Cutting with a knife as opposed to secateurs or scissors will create a larger area ensuring maximum uptake of water. It is also a good idea to remove any leaves which will be below the water before placing in a vase.
- Vases/Containers - It is very important that the flowers are placed into a clean vase to prevent any bacteria affecting the flowers. Gerberas in particularly last longer when placed in a clean container
- Water -You may be surprised at the amount of water that flowers require to remain healthy. Add luke warm water to a vase / container as opposed to cold water from the tap. Keep the water topped up every 2-3 days should be sufficient. If you have used flower food do not throw the water away, just add to the existing water. If you receive a gift where the flowers have been arranged in foam (oasis) you can keep the arrangement fresh by adding water to the oasis every 2-3 days but be careful not to add too much or you may create some spillage. Place the arrangement on a place mat to ensure protect the underlying surface.
- Flowers will last longer if they are displayed away from direct sunlight and draughty areas. (However if you want the flowers to open up quickly then placing the flowers in a warm room will speed this process up).
- Try to avoid placing flowers close to fruit, as the gasses omitted by the fruit will cause the flowers to die prematurely.