If you’ve been lucky enough to receive a bunch of flowers recently, you’re probably not willing to admit that you aren’t entirely sure how to take care of said blooms. Fret not as this blog post is packed with top tips to ensure your flowers stay in peak condition for as long as possible.
Use Flower Food
It may sound like the simplest rule around but it’s important to make sure your vase is always filled with water that contains flower food. The packet that comes with your flowers can run out after a few days so make sure you always have some backup ones stashed away. Check out these low-cost sachets from Amazon. Bargain!
Once you notice the water going cloudy, it is important that you replace it with a fresh solution. To encourage plants to take up the fresh solution, consider re-cutting the stems at the bottom, removing between one and two inches using scissors or a sharp knife. Easy-peasy.
Keep things cool
Be sure to keep your flower arrangement in a relatively cool part of your home, and regularly top up with fresh water. When combined with the food solution, these conditions will help keep your flowers alive for much longer.
A sparkling vase
Before placing your flowers in a vase, it’s important to do a quick spot of cleaning. The flowers will be sucking up all the water you place in the vase, so it is important to make sure everything is clean to avoid any impurities.
Simply wash the vase in your kitchen sink using a detergent or other antibacterial cleaning solution and rinse out completely.
Care for the Stems
The stems on your flowers are what allows them to live, which is why it’s so important to take good care of them!
For woody stems, split the bottom inch. This works on flowers like lilacs as it allows them to absorb plenty of water. For more “milky” stems, like poinsettias, be sure to avoid placing them in the same vase as non-milky-stemmed flowers. The milk in the stems can be harmful to other kinds of plants.
With flowers that have hollowed stems, like dahlias, be sure to fill the stem with water and then plug the hole with your finger. Slowly submerge the stem into the water, to ensure that water stays inside at all times.
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Author: Rachel Summers is a writer of Best British Essays, local newspaper reporter, British journalist, and a freelance creative writer and editor
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