How to get the most from your spring flowers
FLOWER CARE TIPS
These are my top tips to keep your fresh blooms looking and lasting their very best!
I like to wash my vases in the dishwasher (if they fit!) plus I also recommend washing your vase before use and ideally with a tiny drop of bleach to kill any bacteria lurking inside.
DID YOU KNOW THAT BLEACH WORKS AT IT'S VERY BEST IN COLD WATER, NOT HOT?
Always add flower food to your water before adding your flowers. Flower food can increase the vase life of your flowers by up to 60%.
Once flowers are cut, they are deprived of water, food and growth hormones that are provided to them by the mother plant in the pre-harvest stage. To allow the cut flower to still bloom in a natural way, while retaining its form, flower colour, scent and leaf colour, we need to supply it with flower food in the vase water.
Remove any leaves below the water line. It will not only make your bouquet look better, but also prevent bacterial growth. Some flowers, like roses, have guard petals which are the two or three outermost petals of the flowers. Removing these will allow for your flower to open fully. After your initial pruning, you should check your flowers daily for dead or loose leaves and petals to avoid bacterial rot.
Always cut the stem of the flowers by 1-2cm or 0.5cm for spring flowers with sharp scissors or secateurs at an angle, as this will provide an extra drinking point for the stems as they will be very thirsty since being transported to your home from their original destination.
Top up your vase with fresh water and flower food.
Avoid direct sunlight, heat, drafts, and fruit. Your flowers will last longer in a room with cool temperatures. Avoid displaying them in direct sunlight or near appliances that generate heat. You'll also want to avoid areas like open windows, heating or cooling vents and ceiling fans as they can cause the flowers to quickly dehydrate. You also shouldn't display your bouquet near fruit. Ripening fruits release tiny amounts of ethylene gas which can reduce the longevity of your fresh blooms.
Watch my video to see how to condition your spring flowers