Caring for Flowers: Tips to Prolong the Life of Bouquets
Flowers have a unique way of brightening our days and enhancing the beauty of any space they occupy. However, purchasing a beautiful bouquet is just the beginning. To truly enjoy their splendor for as long as possible, it’s important to provide proper care. Below are expert tips to help you extend the life and vibrancy of your flower arrangements. By following these simple steps, you’ll enjoy your bouquets for a longer period, and when you’re ready for fresh blooms, Southside Blooms will be here to supply them.
Trim the Stems
Cutting the stems of your flowers is essential for their longevity. Use garden shears to trim one to two inches off and cut at an angle. This allows for better water uptake since it increases the surface area for absorption and prevents the ends from sitting flat at the bottom of the vase, which can block water flow.
Prune Extra Leaves
Remove any leaves that would be below the waterline in the vase. These submerged leaves can rot and create bacteria that shorten the life of your blooms. Additionally, pruning helps direct the flowers’ energy towards keeping the petals vibrant.
Use clean, room-temperature water for your bouquet and change it every two days. If the flowers come with a packet of preservative, add that to the water. This will help to feed your flowers and keep bacteria at bay. Also, ensure the water level covers no more than half of the stems to prevent decay.
Be Mindful of Placement
Where you place your bouquet can significantly impact its lifespan. Keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight and away from appliances that generate heat. It’s also wise to avoid placing your flowers near fruit, which releases ethylene gas that can cause your blossoms to wilt prematurely.
Maintain a Clean Vase
Every time you change the water, clean the vase thoroughly with soap and warm water. This is crucial for removing any potential bacteria or fungi that could harm your flowers. A clean environment will help extend the life of your arrangement significantly.
Re-cut Stems Regularly
Every time you change the water, give the stems a fresh cut. This removes any blockages in the stems and ensures the flowers can drink the clean water efficiently.
Monitor the Temperature
Flowers tend to thrive in cooler temperatures. Avoid placing your bouquet in areas with drastic temperature changes, such as near a drafty window or an air conditioner vent. Consistent temperature helps flowers to last longer.
While these tips can help extend the life of your bouquet, the initially quality of the flowers is also crucial. That’s where we come into play.
At Southside Blooms, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the freshest and most beautiful bouquets possible. Our carefully curated selection is perfect for any occasion, or just to bring a little joy into your home. To explore our selection of exquisite bouquets that stand the test of time, we invite you to visit our online store: https://www.southsideblooms.com/shop/. Let us help you make every moment special with flowers that last.