To make your newly bought flowers last as long as possible they need that little extra care. Flowers who are cared for can live many days longer than neglected ones. This is a step-by-step guide to help you make the most of your beautiful blooms.
Step 1. When you first receive your bouquet, carefully remove any wrapping or packaging.
Step 2. If your bouquet comes with a string around the stems, keep it there. It helps keep the stems in place and the shape of the bouquet. You can remove it once the flowers are in a vase.
Step 3. Cut approx 2-3 cm at an angle with a sharp pair of scissors, secateurs or knife from the base of each stem. It's important to make sure you cut the stems at an angle as this allows the flowers to drink from a larger surface.
Step 4. The flowers should already be conditioned but if there are any leaves below the string they needs to be removed before putting the bouquet in water.
Step 5. Now to choosing the vase. The important thing is to pick a vase that is tall enough so the stems gets enough support. The general rule is that the length o the flower stem should be no more than one and a half to two times the height of your selected vase. As well as the height of the vase, look at the opening. If the neck is too wide it might not provide enough support for the stems and you could lose the shape of the arrangement. Too narrow an opening and it could constrain the design of the bouquet or even damage the stems.
Step 6. Fill your cleaned vase with two thirds of clean fresh water.
Step 7. You can add flower food to your water or to keep your water clean and clear for longer add 1/2 tablet of Milton to your water instead of the flower food. Milton gets rid of any bacteria that builds up in the water. Bear in mind, if you add both flower food and Milton, it usually makes the water "misty".
Step 8. Flowers last longer in cool places (18° – 22°C). Try to avoid placing flowers in direct sunlight or in contact with heating appliances such as fans or radiators or in areas with a draught.
Step 9. Re-cut the stems every other day by ½” to ensure they are drawing the maximum water.
Step 10. Make sure the water is topped off and changed every 2-3 days.