There is nothing as satisfying and therapeutic as fresh-cut flowers in your home. It just does something to the whole atmosphere of the room. Here are a few simple thoughts on how to get the most out of our floral friends:
- Pick well-watered flowers during a cool time of the day, early morning or late afternoon. Pick them while they are still in their bud stage.
- When transporting bought flowers, transport in the coolest place in the car, but not in direct air-conditioning or sunlight.
- Get the flowers back into water as soon as possible. Most flowers use tepid (lukewarm) water, but for all bulbs use cold water.
- Remove 1 – 1½ cm from the bottom of the stem under water if possible and be sure to cut the stem at an angle of 45 degrees to allow the flower the best chance to take up water. Use a clean sharp knife or sharp floral cutter or scissor. Avoid smashing or piercing the stems, as this can destroy the water vessels in the stem and prevent water absorption.
- Make sure that all dead or injured leaves are removed and there should be no leaves in contact with the water. This will cause discolouration of the water and rotting. Also don’t cram the stems into a vase that is too small, as this will cause bruising and injury to the stems which will only be a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Add half of the flower food sachet in when arranging the flowers, and after 24 hours, replace the water with fresh water and add the remaining half of the sachet.
- You can also make your own flower food by mixing 1 cup lemon twist (not diet), 3 cups water and ½ tsp bleach.
- Choose a cool spot for your flowers away from direct sunlight. Do not place flowers near heaters or fans which will cause wilting and water evaporation. Also, do not place them near fruit, as the fruit give off a gas that ‘ripens’ themselves and flowers faster.
- Every 2 days, if the flowers begin to droop or just prior to that, remove another few centimetres from the stems, all dead leaves and flowers and place in a clean vase with fresh water. Don’t just top up the vase.
Lightly spritz your flowers daily with clean water every day to prevent them from drying out.