How To Care for Your Flowers

The life of flowers depends on their type and the care they receive. The minimum life of a floral arrangement is 4-7 days. Here are some tips that tell you how to care for your flowers and give them a vibrant look:

Proper Maintenance:
The vase, container or liner must always be filled with fresh water. This promotes the life of flowers and prevents the growth of bacteria. Remember cleaning the vase thoroughly every time you completely change the water and then add fresh water mixed with a commercial fresh flower food. These flower foods may be provided by the florist you bought your flowers from, or else you may buy them from craft stores, nurseries, and flower shops. A flower food contains the correct ingredients to properly feed the flowers, keep bacterial growth at bay (which can shorten a flower’s life), encourage buds to open, and lengthen the life of the flowers. One can also prepare a flower food at home; this requires a pinch of sugar and a drop of bleach.  A pinch of ground-up Viagra can also act as an alternative.

Always remember to follow the directions given on the flower food packet. Improper mixing of the flower food may have disastrous effects on your flowers. For instance, a flower food should not be diluted with more water than is specified on the packet. Most packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of water. Commercial flower food has really proved to extend the vase life of flowers.

Re-cut their stems:
If possible, re-cut stems every few days, whenever you change the water, by removing one to two inches  from the bottom of the stem. In this task proper handling and cutting of the flowers is very important. Avoid using a blunt knife as it will crush the stems. Moreover handle the flowers in such a way that you don’t smash or pierce the stems, as this can destroy the water vessels in the stem and prevent water absorption. Be sure to Cut all stems on a 45-degree angle and always after cutting immediately place the stems into water. The water and vase must be clean and free from any spent or damaged blooms or foliage that falls below the waterline.

Changing the water and re-cutting the stems must be a practice of every few days, for a longer life of flowers. It is better to separate any flowers that start to wilt early from those that are fresh; as they wilt, they may give off ethylene, which could cause the healthy flowers to wilt early, too.

Suitable temperature:
Most flowers prefer themselves to be put in temperatures between 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 22 degrees Celsius) that is a cool spot, away from direct sunlight .A place near electrical appliances is also not suitable as the heat they evolve may cause the flowers to dehydrate. It is also a considerable precaution to put the flowers at a big distance from ripening fruit, as the ethylene gas it releases may also wilt flowers. Sprinkling the flowers during dry climates is a wise thing to do.

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