When you receive your flowers, all beautifully packaged in wrapping or a water bubble, it seems such a shame to remove them. You could leave the flowers for a couple of days, but you shall eventually have to remove them from their package. After you remove the flowers, the task of caring for the flowers begins. Flower care is vital in keeping the flowers looking as beautiful and bloomy as they did when they were delivered. Here are several tips that are useful in flower care.
- When considering a vase to use, you should imagine this as the home to your flowers for the period they will be in use. Using a clean vase is just as important as you have a clean home. Several bacteria and fungi grow in jars that are not clean or those that are moist. These organisms deter the growth of flowers. They grow upwards through the stem of the flower and end up blocking the capillary cells. These are the cells that transport water through the stem to other parts of the plant. Usually, these organisms are filtered out by the root of the plant. Since the flower has been cut from the rest of the plant, it loses this function.
Clean Warm Water.
- Most people make the mistake of using cold tap water when taking care of flowers. Warm water is absorbed more efficiently than cold water. Some water contains certain minerals that are harmful to flowers. Sodium is a salt used to soften water. This salt is detrimental to carnations and roses. Minerals that are found in the hard water block the drainage system of water in the flowers. On the other hand, fluoride that is added to drinking water is harmful to freesia, gerbera, and gladiolus.
Cut the stems and remove the Foliage.
- When you get fresh flowers, this should be the first thing that is done before placing the flowers in the vase. Foliage that would be under water should be cut. Leaves that are underwater rot and create the right niche for bacteria and fungi to grow. They also contaminate the water and make the flowers dull. You should, however, be careful not to cut all the leaves.
- When cutting the stem, you should use a sharp knife or clippers. Scissors may cause damage to the rest of the stem creating sites that harbor bacteria and fungi. The stems should be cut at 45-degree angles roughly one inch from the base. This prevents the end of the stem from touching the base of the vase. Reaching the base would hinder water absorption.
- There are several homemade recipes for flower food. However, commercially prepared flower food is the best choice when caring for your flowers. These formulas have been proven to increase the lifespan of cut flowers by mimicking their natural environment. The mixtures contain acidifiers that maintain the color of the flowers, sucrose, that provides energy and chemicals that inhibit bacterial growth.
Replace the Water Regularly.
- Water that is placed in the vase should be replenished when needed and replaced periodically. Specifically, for roses, this should be done on the first, third and disturbing day.
Things not to do.
There are certain things you should take care to avoid.
- These include placing the flowers near ripening fruit, placing the flowers in direct sunlight and using metallic containers.
Following the tips mentioned above will increase the lifespan of your flowers and allow you to enjoy them for a long time.