Jayde Ferguson has some excellent tips to keeping your bouquet nice and fresh long after your wedding.
Nothing brightens a room, and your mood, like a bunch of fresh flowers. The space is immediately enhanced, the sweet-smelling aroma lingers in the air and you canât help but feel a little happier â that is, until they die.
Although flowers offer a mood-boosting, room-loving vibe there is nothing more depressing than when they begin to wilt. Dead petals begin to occupy your table and yet, you still find it hard to part with the once-beautiful bunch that brightened your day.
If youâre lucky, your garden may be blooming with colour making it much easier to go and pick another bunch. But for those that have received them as a gift or youâve spent the money on them yourself – thereâs nothing worse than them just going to waste after such a short amount of time.
Here are our best tips to keep your flowers lasting longer:
1. Cutting Time Matters
If you enjoy indulging in your own freshly grown flowers, when you cut them makes a difference to their lifespan. Garden flowers should be cut first thing in the morning â as early as possible. Avoid cutting them on a hot day as the sun draws moisture from the petals and they wonât last as long.
2. Remove Leaves
Before you put your flowers in a vase of water, remove any leaves from the part of the stem that will be submerged under water. Removing these lower leaves will keep the water clearer, thus provide a better and healthier home environment for your new flowers.
3. Placement is everything
Letâs face it â flowers look amazing when theyâre set aside on a sunny windowsill. Because they are a plant, most people think that this is where theyâll be happiest but itâs not the case. Flowers that have been cut react the opposite to potted plants or flowers that are still growing in your garden and mature with exposure to heat and sun causing them to wilt. Flowers that have been freshly cut or bought thrive best in spots that are cooler and darker to keep them at their peak of perfection for longer.
4. Check Your Flowers Daily
Like us, flowers rely on water to keep healthy and replenished â and they drink a lot so itâs important you check your flowers daily. Keep the water level high to encourage long lasting flowers and make sure the vase or container is full so they donât dry out. Large flower arrangements can easily drink all the water in the first day or two â be mindful of this when you first bring them home or cut them.
The water will also need to be changed every few days so bacteria donât build up. Flowers are highly susceptible to germs but by a quick water change, even if it hasnât been used up, your flowers will stay fresh for longer. A water change every few days will also help to avoid the rotten smell that can develop from leaving them.
5. Re-Cut Their Stems
A big mistake people make when it comes to fresh flowers is not cutting their stems once theyâre on display. When you do the water change (every few days), remove the flowers from the design and re-cut the stems with a sharp knife or sharp scissors â about 5-10cm is good. This gives your flowers the best chance to drink the water. Using blunt scissors or not cutting the stems on an angle can actually destroy the water vessels and prevent adequate absorption. Sharp utensils ensure these stem cells are left unharmed.
6. Add Flower Food
As crucial as fresh water is for the survival of your flowers, so is flower food. There are homemade solutions you can make up but commercial flower packet food is recommended. Every water change, youâll need to top the flower food up too â each packet is normally enough for one pint of water so if youâre buying the flowers from a florist, ask for a few extra packets of food.
Itâs vital you donât over feed your flowers as this can do more harm than good. In addition to the food, a small amount of bleach can be added to the water to help keep it clear of harmful bacteria. Again, using too much will kill the flowers so stick to the bare minimum â ÂŒ teaspoon per pint of water is best. Alternatively you can add a teaspoon of sugar to the water to help renew the flowers.
7. Take Note of What Youâre Buying
When shopping for flowers, itâs easy to get distracted by the beautiful colours and varieties but thereâs so much more than meets the eye. Donât be afraid to touch the flowers before you buy them to feel how healthy they are. For example, roses should be firm where the petals meet the top of the stem. If they are soft and squishy, then the roses are old and you should avoid buying them.