Why Bloom Care Makes All The Difference
There’s nothing like a bouquet of flowers to lighten your mood and spruce up your home! Plus, it’s also among the most wonderful and heartfelt gifts we can receive on special occasions.
Sadly, we all know that blooms don’t last forever. But with a little initiative and a lot of TLC, you can keep your dear blossoms fresh and blooming for longer!
We’ve provided a simple guideline to help you sustain your beloved flowers’ vibrance for a longer time. Enjoy your beautiful bouquet to the fullest by following these simple steps!
If you’re interested in a formal course or want to get certified as an expert on all things about flowers, we recommend looking into professional bodies and colleges in gardening and floristry such as the American Institute of Floral Designers of the AIFD (www.aifd.org), the American Floral Endowment (www.endowment.org), and other similar organizations offering programs specializing in floristry.
Clean your vase
Containers accumulate a lot of dust and debris that can make your water cloudy and infect your flowers. Even if your vase is newly-bought, make sure to wash it for safety.
Cleaning your vase is very simple and affordable – you’ll have all you need at home! Just wash with warm water, a lid of bleach, and let it dry.
Another DIY cleaning solution is salt and vinegar paste. Just mix a tablespoon of salt with a tablespoon of vinegar, apply the mixture to your vase with a clean cloth or brush, and let it sit for half an hour. Afterward, rub it off until all residue is removed, rinse out with tepid water, and let dry.
Add flower food
Yes, you read it right: cut flowers need food, too! It enables them to blossom in full health and helps avoid infections that can reduce their lifespan.
Flower food has three elements: 1) citric acid, which balances the pH level of water for optimum health; 2) sugar, which boosts their energy; and 3) bleach, which curbs fungi and bacterial growth.
Your local nursery or online stores may have flower food packets readily available. But if you want to make your own at home, the recipe is easy to follow! All you need is 1 quart of water, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of bleach, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
There are also lots of alternatives to this recipe! Clear soda, apple cider vinegar, and even vodka have been proven effective at nourishing flowers.
Leaves and foliage that are kept on the stems and submerged in water will rot quickly, introducing bacteria to your flowers which can bring about disease and infection.
So it’s a great idea to prune your flowers before placing them in your vase and make sure that there are no leaves below the waterline.
One of the top tips for keeping flowers fresh is to cut their stems! This technique creates a bigger opening at the bottom of the stem, allowing your blooms to absorb more water and delay wilting.
Simply cut an inch from the stems at a 45-degree angle. It’s crucial to be careful, though! Bad cutting techniques can easily lead to crushed stems which keep your flowers from absorbing water
To prevent this, refrain from using dull scissors or blades. Use a sharp knife or sharp shears instead for a guaranteed smooth and clean cut.
Place in water
All flowers need water to flourish, but different blooms have different demands! Before you place them in water, look up their particular water requirements.
Blooms with woody and semi-woody stems like roses, mimosas, lilies, chrysanthemums, and carnations tend to drink a lot. Place them in warm water filled to about 2/3 of your vase.
Soft-stemmed blooms like anemones, freesias, and ranunculuses prefer shallow water. You can put them in warm water filled up to only 1/2 of your vase.
Blooms with bulbous stems like daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips enjoy a bit of a chill, so set them in cold water up to 1/3 of your vase.
Set in a cool area
Most flowers appreciate cooler spots away from direct sunlight. You can still place them by the windows to create a peaceful look for your home; just be sure that they’re kept away from light and that they don’t touch the glass.
If you love having flowers as a centerpiece for your dining table or kitchen, make sure you set them where there are no fruits nearby. This may sound unusual, but ripening fruits actually give off small amounts of ethylene gas that cause flowers to brown and age earlier than normal.
It’s also best to keep them far from anything that releases or produces heat, such as cooling units, fire places, heating vents, radiators, or televisions – these can result in dehydration and early wilting.
Extra Care Tips
Change water and food
Water can collect dust and particles from your surroundings, while leaves and stems can break off your flowers and fall into your water. These elements foster an ideal environment for bacterial growth. So it’s necessary to change your water every 2-3 days.
For best results, you can wash the vase before you change the water. Also, make sure to stir in fresh flower food to top up your flowers’ nutrients!
When you cut flowers, you create a “wound” at the bottom of the stem. So flowers “heal” themselves by sealing the wound which shuts it off to water supply and dramatically decreases their water intake.
This is why re-cutting stems is important! It opens up your flowers’ stems so they can drink in more water; plus, it helps clear away blockages and inhibit infections as well.
Simply snip off about half an inch off the stem every three days and you’ll be sure to lengthen your flowers’ lives!
Important Care Advice For Your Favorite Flowers
Remove – Roses have “guard petals” which guard the inner buds that have not yet bloomed. Florists keep them to guarantee the safety of your roses while they’re being delivered, but it’s risk-free to remove them once they arrive. This also allows your roses to spend their energy on keeping newer, prettier petals fresh.
Revive – Wilting blooms can be restored by trimming off an inch from the bottom of the stem, then placing the roses in a tub of water. Keep them submerged for 30-60 minutes.
Peonies (7-9 days).
Keep cool – Peonies enjoy cool environments, so some people wrap and store them in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. But setting them in a shady area in your home should be enough to keep them blooming.
Keep apart – Avoid overcrowding your vase when you have peonies in a mixed bouquet. They’re quite delicate and frail, so give them adequate space for their large blossoms to bloom.
No sniffing – Smelling these temptingly perfumed flowers can actually cause premature wilting! Sounds strange, but gardenias enjoy their privacy and actually turn brown when sniffed.
Pluck – Take note of your lilies’ anthers; they’re very likely to be covered in pollen that can stain fabric on your clothes and furniture. Simply pick the pollen off or take off the anthers by hand.
Protect – Lilies are especially frail flowers. Their petals tend to bruise a lot, so be sure to handle them lightly when you’re recutting stems or removing anthers.
Spray – You can keep your hydrangeas growing fully and vibrantly with a few sprays of water to their petals every day.
Sustain – Again, these flowers just love their water! See to it that they always get a tall drink and change their water more regularly.
Take note of temperature – Tulips often tend to be more sensitive to changes in temperature. They enjoy cooler surroundings, so if you see their blossoms start to open on a warm day, just put them in front of an air-conditioner.
Turn, turn, turn – These fast-growing blooms bend over and get twisted up a lot, so be sure to rotate their vase every day.