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How to Make Fresh Flowers Last

14 January
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Whether given as a gift or purchased for yourself, fresh flowers can be a fantastic way to brighten any room. But while your beautiful booms can look incredible for a few days, without proper care, they soon wilt. So, what can you do to keep your flowers looking fresh and new for longer?

If you’re wondering how to make fresh flowers last, you’re not alone. When it comes to keeping your bouquets looking brand-new, we’ve got the top tips you need to know. Read on to find out more about how to make your flowers look shiny and fresh for even longer:

Make sure you use enough water

It can be easy to think that cut flowers don’t need much care. After all, once a florist cuts it, your bouquet won’t be thriving or growing roots. But water quantity and quality can play a significant role in how long your fresh flowers last – more than you might think.

Make sure your flowers have plenty of water in a full vase from the start. The sooner you can get cut flowers into water, the better. If you want your bouquet to have a long life, you don’t want to deprive it of a good, clean source of H2O.

Cut the stems and prune when you receive your flowers

For many, cutting the stems on bouquets is an excellent way to make your flowers fit better in your container choice. But the benefits of pruning and cutting go beyond just making your plants look presentable. If you don’t cut the stems on your flowers, you may find they last fewer days than they otherwise would.

When cutting steams of flowers, it’s always best to cut on an angle. This improves water intake, allowing your roses, daisies or carnations to stay plumped and fresh for longer. You should also remove any leaves and stems that fall below the waterline, as these can cause bacteria to grow on your cut flowers.

Place your flowers away from direct heat sources

Heat wilts healthy, potted plants – so you can imagine what a location in direct sunlight can do to cut flowers. A colder environment is always best to maintain your flowers for longer, and that means keeping your bouquets off windowsills and out of conservatories.

You should also take care to keep your flowers away from radiators. Kitchens can also lead to wilted flowers, due to the heat of cooking, ovens, and the kitchen in general. If you want to enjoy your flowers for longer, keep them in a cool, dry place out of harm’s way.

Use flower food

These specially blended chemicals help your floral arrangements look better for longer. In most cases, all you need to do is pour your flower food into your water and arrange the flowers as you like.

It’s also vital that you change your water if it begins to look cloudy or otherwise old. In those cases, many sachets come with two doses – so apply the second dose if needed. No flower food left? Putting your bouquet in the fridge overnight in freshwater is another option to keep your flowers fresher for longer.

When it comes to beautiful blooms and gorgeous bouquets, a little extra work can mean you get far more out of your flowers. If you’re looking for flowers for a special occasion that will stand the test of time, Sun Coast Flowers is the ideal choice.

Get in touch today to find out more about the beautiful floral arrangements we offer.

For more flower tips, read our previous blog on Which Flowers Are Suitable For Which Occasion?

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