Florist Tips to Help Your Cut Flowers Last Longer

Receiving a gorgeous gift of flowers is incredibly exciting and preserving this gift for as long as possible is imperative.  Below are quick and clever London florist tips and tricks to give fresh cut flowers some additional life.

Tip No. 1 – Hairspray. Hairspray can do more than just perfect a hairstyle, as it can also work to preserve flowers, making them look fresh for a longer amount of time. Giving the underside of the leaves and petals a quick spritz can work wonders. Before doing this you should be aware that overuse of hairspray on cut flowers can have the reverse effect.

fresh-flowers-cutting-flower-delivery-london-flower-delivery-ukTip No. 2 – Vodka. Bacteria can quickly destroy beautiful flowers and minimising the growth of such is key to keeping flowers looking fresh for longer. By putting a few drops of vodka in the water, mixed with 1 teaspoon of sugar, the bacterial growth is slowed and the sugar acts to replace nourishment the plant would have gotten if it had not been cut. When changing the water every other day, make sure to replace the vodka and sugar as well.

Tip No. 3 – Bleach. By adding 3 drops of bleach and 1 teaspoon of sugar to the water, the same bacterial-slowing effect as vodka-infused water will occur. This also keeps the water from getting cloudy, which only helps maintain the appearance of a stunning floral display.

Tip No. 4 – Copper Coins. Another trick to preventing the growth of bacteria is adding a copper penny to the water, as well as (once again) a little bit of sugar. Considered to act as an acidifier, or a chemical that produces acid, the penny helps to at least slow the growth of bacteria with a vase.

Tip No. 5 – Sugar. A common addition in many of these tips is the presence of sugar in the water. Sugar nourishes the cut flowers, while the other element (vodka, bleach, or a penny) acts to stop bacteria from growing. This common household item now has an additional use outside of the kitchen and is an important tool in helping flowers stay fresh.  

Tip No. 6 – Trimming. Keeping flowers trimmed can help them last longer as well. Remove all of the lower leaves from the stems, making sure that there aren’t any in the water, and cut the stems at an angle while they’re still under the surface. When changing the water every other day, remember to cut the stems each time.

Tip No. 7 – Avoid Excess Light. Direct sunlight can cause a bouquet to wilt a lot faster. Instead, show off the gorgeous gift by placing it in a cool area, making sure there are no drafts or direct lighting.

Tip No. 8 – Specialist Needs. Some flowers, such as hyacinths, shouldn’t be cut off of the bulb, while others flowers, such as tulips, will continue to grow regardless and just need to be trimmed frequently. Remember, every flower is different and should be approached in a specific way when it comes to care.

Florist Tips to Help Your Cut Flowers Last Longer was last modified: April 11th, 2016 by Todd

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