Do’s and Don’ts of At-Home Flower Care
So often our clients send us feedback praising how long their bouquets last and we thought this would be an interesting topic to write about. Yes, we are extremely picky about our flower providers and of course we use the best products we can to take care of our blooms while they are with us. However, at-home care plays a huge role in how long your flowers last. Why, you ask? Well let us tell you!
Clean Cuts Count
Cutting the stems of your flowers with a sharp knife or scissors at a 45 degree angle as soon as they arrive and every three days after is so important for the longevity of your blooms. This allows for a steady flow of nutrients and water to the flowers. Need a pair of amazing shears? We absolutely LOVE this pair of Chikamasa shears and recommend them to all of our clients (or anyone wanting/needing an amazing pair of scissors).
The Vase Matters
This one is surprising to many but the type of vase you use can impact the health of your bouquet. We suggest using a glass vase and staying away from anything metal. Using a metal vase can introduce metal ions into the vase water and therefore make the water toxic to your bouquet causing burnt leaves and flowers.
Freshwater and Food are Essential
Just like you, your flowers need nutrients! Keeping your flowers in a glass vase with freshwater and plant food can preserve your blooms by helping to maintain their blossom color, leaf color, scent and form. Plant food lowers the pH of the water enabling nutrients to flow faster up freshly cut stems prolonging your enjoyment.
We think it’s best to replace the water (and food) in your vase when you trim your stems (every three days or so)! It’s also a great idea to clean the vase out if any build up has occurred. However, the most important thing to remember is that your flowers are thirsty so be sure to keep them in water and add more plant food as you add water!
The Perfect Placement
Freshcut flowers want to be in a well lit room, the cooler the better! However, if this isn’t possible just make sure to keep them away from drafts, direct sunlight, heaters, smoke, and the gasses of ripening fruits. All of these things can be detrimental.
We truly hope this was helpful in explaining what a huge impact you can have on the beauty and longevity of your bouquet! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to let us know! Shoot us an email or start a chat by clicking the button in the bottom right hand corner! For more information on keeping your blooms beautiful check out our FAQ page here.