Fresh Cut Flower Care Guidelines
To achieve maximum enjoyment and longevity from your flowers, you need to provide them with a little TLC. Here are some tips on how you can extend the life of your flowers
Flowers offer the perfect décor to brighten up a home or mark an occasion. Not only do they look beautiful, they smell nice too! But how can you keep them healthy so that you don’t have to replace them too often?
- Firstly, use a non-metal container
- Use fresh luke-warm water
- Add cut flower food (in liquid or powder form)
- Trim 2cms from the bottom of the stems at a clean angle
- Strip leaves below the water line
- Top up the vase, basket and arrangement with fresh water daily
- Keep away from draughts, direct sunlight and heat
- Should roses start to droop at the head, re-cut the stems, place heads together, wrap in paper then stand in deep water for an hour
- Plants love light and an even temperature, but dislike draughts
- Re-cutting the stems periodically will insure that there is a fresh surface from which the stems can take up the water. This will allow the flowers to last even longer.
- Keep your flowers at a cool temperature out of direct sunlight and in a location with good airflow.
- Most non-tropical flowers do best in temperatures not exceeding 7°C when placed in shaded areas
- Tropical flowers require temperatures above 7°C
Hydrangeas, Iris, Gerberas, Ranuculus, Lisianthus, and Freesias
These flowers LOVE water! These flowers have a higher hydration requirement than other flowers so we recommend adding flower food and changing the water often.
By following these quick and easy steps you can be reaping the rewards of a beautiful bunch of flowers for days.
Flowers and your Pets
Blooming flowers, arrangements and plants are beautiful to have around your home and garden. However, some flowers can be toxic to your pets. We recommend that all flower arrangements are securely placed out of the way of curious pets to avoid any incidents.
Flowers that can pose problems for pets:
- Lilies - are toxic to cats & dogs and can cause severe toxicosis and acute kidney injury if ingested.
- Tulips, Hyacinths and Daffodils - if ingested may caused vomiting, diarrhea and tremors.
- Dieffenbachia - a popular decorative plant.