Fresh flowers can be a delightful addition to any room, instantly brightening up the mood. Whether it’s a gift or a treat for yourself, the lifespan of your flowers can be influenced by how you care for them. To help you get the most out of your gorgeous blooms, here are five simple tips:
- Use a clean vase or container:
Make sure to clean your vase before and after each use to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination from previous flower arrangements. A dark glass or ceramic vase is recommended, especially if you plan to place the flowers in a sunny spot as bacteria thrive in sunlight and can speed up stem decay.
- Prepare the stems:
Cut flowers last longer when the stems are prepared correctly. Trim around a quarter of an inch from the stem end at a 45-degree angle to help them take up water quickly. Use sharp scissors or a knife to avoid crushing the stems, and cut them underwater in the sink for best results. Remove any foliage, leaves, or vegetation from the stems that will be below the water level to reduce the risk of excessive bacteria causing your flowers to wilt.
- Change the water daily:
To avoid the smell of stale, stagnant water and prevent rotting vegetation, change the water daily to flush out bacteria and remove any fallen leaves. Use water at room temperature and let it sit for a while to allow air bubbles to escape.
- Choose a suitable location:
Place your fresh flowers away from HVAC units, direct sunlight, or drafts from doors or windows as flowers do not like extreme conditions. Heat and drafts cause flowers to transpire more water than they can pull up their stem, causing them to wilt or brown at the edges. Position your flower arrangement in a cool location out of direct sunlight to help preserve their beauty.
- Use flower food:
There are many myths and old wives’ tales about keeping flowers fresh, but the best way is to use high-quality plant food. All Court Florist flower deliveries include a sachet of flower food, which should be dissolved in water with a quick stir to sustain the life of your flowers.
At Junie Florist, our day begins early as we carefully handpick the freshest and most stunning flowers from local markets and growers for the day’s orders. Our commitment to quality and attention to detail has earned us a well-deserved reputation as the top florist in Kuala Lumpur. As a result, our customers delight in the long-lasting freshness and beauty of our flowers.