Flower Care Tips
When taking care of flowers, there are a few things to remember.
- Before you place them in water, make sure the stems are clean of any lower stems and leaves. Anything below the waterline will make it harder for the water to travel up the stem to the flower and also make the water dirty very quickly.
- Next trim the stems at an angle by about 2cm where the stem is firm. (Except flowers that have bulbs like hyacinths). This will remove any blockages in the stems end.
- Change the water every couple of days or sooner if the water looks dirty. Don’t forget to recut the stems before you place them back in the vase.
- If you see a dying flower or spoilt petal, just pluck out the bloom to prevent it from affecting the rest of the bouquet
Where to place flowers can be as important as how you treat them.
- Most flowers prefer ambient light, so don’t place them next to a window that receives strong sunlight.
- Also try to find a place where they won’t be directly in the path of strong temperature changes like air conditioning, heating and electrical devices.
- One helpful but little known fact is that if you place flowers next to a bowl of ripening fruit, it will cause the flowers age faster. This is because it releases a gas called ethylene that most flowers are sensitive to. Ethylene can also be found in car fumes and cigarette smoke.
If your flowers are in a self-contained arrangement that uses floral foam, simply top up the arrangement regularly taking care not to over fill.
Not all flowers are the same, some last longer than others, some prefer warmer or colder conditions, if in doubt don’t be afraid to ask.