Tin's Flower Shop Flower Care
Prolonging the life of your cut flowers begins the moment they're entrusted to your care. First off, make sure your vase is very clean and filled with fresh, lukewarm water mixed with flower nutrients. Next, strip off all leaves that will be below the water level of the vase and cut 2cm off all stems at a slight angle. Place the flowers in the vase, away from direct sunlight, radiators, droughts and fruit. Over the following days, be sure to remove any faded flowers and top up the water regularly.
Before you place them into a vase, cut 3 to 4 cm off the end of the stems at an angle. This will remove the dry stem ends and provide a freshly cut surface so the flowers can absorb water. You may like to cut the tie once they are in the vase.
Place immediately in a clean vase with fresh, room temperature water. If you would like you can also add a few drops of bleach to the water.
It is important to change the water as soon as it becomes cloudy - ideally every second day. Wash the vase out properly, ideally using bleach to kill any bacteria that might be growing.
For Arrangements in floral foam:
Top up with water every second day, being sure not to overfill the container.
For All Flowers:
Keep flowers in a cool place, away from droughts, direct sunlight, heaters, televisions and microwaves.
Remove dead flowers from the arrangement as they release gases which make the other flowers ripen faster.
Keep flowers away from fruit. Fruit releases ethylene gas which has been shown to reduce the life of flowers.