Caring For Your Fresh Cut Flowers

Caring For Your Fresh Cut Flowers - Keep them cool, keep them hydrated.

Even after flowers are cut from the plant, they need nourishment and care. These simple tips will help to keep your fresh flowers looking beautiful longer.

~Never ever put flowers into dirty containers. The stems will absorb whatever is in the bucket or vase.

~ Re-cut the stems with sharp pruners or a sharp knife every couple of days. This keeps the stems open to receive nutrients and water. Cutting the stems at a slight angle will keep the bottom of the stem from resting on the floor of the vase and allow greater intake.

 ~Use warm (tepid) water in your vases for most flower varieties.

~ Remove all lower leaves that will be in contact with the water. You can also remove any unnecessary leaves above the water line.

~ Supply nourishment. This can be a prepackaged floral food or you can make your own (see below).

~ Change the water every other day and wash out your containers. Bacteria grow in standing water and will cause your flowers to wilt faster. 

 ~Most flowers are happier in low light and cool temperatures. Never leave cut flowers in direct sunlight, near a heat vent or near fruit. 

~Keep your flowers constantly under the water line.

~ Some flowers, such as roses, will form air pockets in the stems and respond well to re-cutting under water.

The same tips apply to traveling with your flowers. Try to schedule long breaks during the cool hours. Just like pets and babies, do not keep your flowers in the trunk or in a closed vehicle in the heat of the day.

 Floral food can be purchased or made at home by mixing the following ingredients, however we find the commercial floral food to be more effective.

2 tablespoons white vinegar or lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon chlorine bleach
1 quart warm water



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