administrator 9 April 2013
With Mother’s Day fast approaching we thought it might be a good time to share our tips for keeping your fresh floral arrangements looking beautiful for longer.It only takes a little time each day but bouquets last so much longer if you cut the ends of the stems on an angle and pop them into a vase with fresh water every day. Make sure to use a knife or sharp pruning shears and not scissors, so as not to crush the stems.
Boxed arrangements don’t need to be put in a vase but they do need water too.
If you have a spray bottle of water at home give your flowers the occasional spray as well.
When you notice a browning petal (particularly for rose bouquets), remove the whole petal from the rose to prevent fungi forming.
Make sure your flowers are not receiving too much sun. As lovely as your flowers look sitting next to the fruit bowl, make sure they are not kept too close to fruit as chemicals released by the fruit can cause flowers to go off.
Finally, when you refresh the water, you can also add a sachet of flower food. This will promote a longer, fresher floral appearance.
Here is a little home recipe you may like to try (added directly to fresh water):
• 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon sugar
Rest assured that in our florist shop we are also taking steps to ensure your flowers last. For example, we always try to purchase our flowers tight budded (firm to the touch). As soon as flowers arrive our florist carries out the above steps as well as removing any leaves below the water line so they are not lying in the water which can lead to bacteria growth.
Some flowers do tend to last longer than others. If you want to buy someone a really lasting floral gift, try Australian Natives. Not only are natives local and unique but, if well look after, they can last two weeks or longer. Oriental and Asiatic lilies (grown in Australia) are also lasting varieties.