Receiving flowers leaves you with a warm and fuzzy feeling you want to hold onto for as long as possible. The longer your flowers last, the longer you will be reminded of how much you are loved and appreciated.
Food for Flowers
It is recommended that you use the flower food bought from your florist. To increase the life of cut flowers, use the right amount (neither more nor less) as per the instruction on the packaging. This food is scientifically-developed and generally contains Sucrose, Acidifier and Inhibitor of microorganisms in a right mix.
You can also make at home a flower preservative. A quick recipe is to mix 1 teaspoon each of Sugar, Bleach and Lemon Juice in one quart of warm water.
1. Don't overload the vase with too many flowers.
2. Change the water every day; throw away old water and refill as needed.
3. Take out the flowers from the vase, thoroughly wash the vase with soap and hot water, and rinse the vase well with fresh water.
4. Before placing the flowers back in the vase, always re-cut the stems at an angle of about 45 degrees with a sharp knife so that the stems are not crushed. This will help in better water absorption. Also, this lets the stem stand on a point, allowing water to be in contact with the cut surface.
5. It would be a good idea if you cut the stems underwater in a large sink. The idea is to not let the air bubbles form, which could obstruct the uptake of water.
6. You can also soak the stems for a few minutes in warm water to help open up the stem’s water conduits.
7. Remove all dying flowers, leaves and foliage from the area of the stems.
Caring of the flowers requires a bit of knowledge, patience, skill, commitment and time. Once done properly and regularly, the rewards will outweigh the efforts.
Not only that, you will notice the look of others who pass by and admire your wonderful flower arrangements.