Flowers make a beautiful addition to any room, whether they are a gift from someone, or yourself. Sadly, flowers do not last as long as we’d like but with the right care you can extend the life of your flowers.
On average, floral arrangements last from 4 days to a week depending on the type of flowers. Different types of flowers require different care instructions. So, here is how you can take care of your flowers and keep your gift blooming for longer.
Some flowers come arranged, inserted in a brick of floral foam that is damp and filled with water. Occasionally mist your arrangement with water and top up the arrangement daily to make your flowers last longer. Take care not to overfill your arrangement with water. Ensure the brick of floral foam is not allowed to dry. Always place something under the arrangement to protect the surface of your furniture from water damage.
Remove the wrapping and trim any foliage below the water level. Leave the binding to hold the design together (and to make it easier to change the water in your vase). Trim 2cm off the base of your stems at a sharp angle and place your flowers in a clean vase. It’s important to make sure that it is rinsed, cleaned and dried to make sure there is no bacteria contamination left in the vase, as that will affect the flowers. The best way to clean your vase is with bleach, ensuring to rinse thoroughly after bleaching.
Choose a vase that is comfortable to the size of the bouquet and does not overcrowd the flowers. For most cut flowers, fill the vase with tepid water. Certain blooms like daffodils, gerberas, lilies, and tulips work as an exception to this as they prefer cold water. All flower and foliage stems should be submerged.
Every day or 2, give the flowers a fresh cut about 2cm from the ends of the stems at a sharp angle to give the stem a broader area to intake water for optimum hydration. Replace the water in your vase and clean it with bleach. This is a crucial step. If not cut, the flowers will sit on the bottom of the vase, preventing them from absorbing water. For best results, use a sharp knife and not scissors to cut your flowers because they can crush the stems and prevent water absorption.
Flowers will live longer if you avoid placing them in direct sunlight, heat, or on top of appliances such as heaters, fireplace, and microwaves. This can significantly shorten the lifespan of your cut flowers. Further to avoid wilting, make sure you place them away from fruits as some fruits discharge ethylene gas which can prematurely age flowers.
Every 2-3 days remove any dead flowers, wilting leaves or faded foliage as you see them in order to keep the rest of the flowers healthy. Change the water in your vase / vessel daily, or when it begins to look cloudy. Make sure your vessel / vase is about three-quarters full.
Lilies are commonly delivered in bud form as their petals are very easily bruised. By being delivered in this fresh bud form, it will also give the bouquet or arrangement a much longer life span. We suggest removing the pollen from lillies as it becomes visible. This will prevent staining of clothing, furniture, etc. This can be done with a tissue to ensure your fingers do not become stained. If your clothing becomes stained, the easiest way to remove the pollen is to dab the area with an adhesive tape. This will gently lift off the grains. If you rub it with a cloth, it will become embedded in the fabric.
Disclaimer: Lilies can be toxic to cats. Ensure they are out of reach of your pets.
Roses may be delivered with the outer petals, still attached, they are purposely left on by the florist to protect the rose in transit. Roses are highly sensitive to bacteria so it’s important to place them in clean vases with fresh water regularly. They also last longer in cool temperatures with indirect sunlight. If your roses start to droop at the head or wilt, you can revive them by re-cutting an inch from the base of the stem. A rose's stem should always be cut while being submerged in water. This stops air bubbles from forming in the stem.
Contrary to most cut flowers, tulips continue to grow. Tulips are best maintained in cool temperatures to extend their lifespan, but they are also the kind of blooms that tend to face and open wide towards any leading light source which may cause it to wilt or droop the flower head. If a tulip starts to droop or you spot any white ends on their stems, try pricking the stem just below the flower head with a pin to let out any air or cut 2cm from the base of the stem to help the flower absorb water easily. Trim the bottom of the stem regularly and refill and clean your vase every few days.