How to care for cut flowers:
Flowers need a little preparation before presenting them and will last longer if they are looked after
- Recut 2cm off all stems that have come out of water.
- Remove any stem foliage that will sit below water, to avoid bacterial growth
- Place immediately in fresh water (using a flower preservative or a splash of bleach)
- Change water every 2-3 days, recutting stems each time and removing any dead or dying petals or foliage
Don’t place flowers in direct sunlight; the cooler the area, the longer the flowers last.
Be careful not to leave your flowers in a hot car as this will definitely shorten their life span
Understanding cut flower care
Conditioning is the treatment given to flowers in order to encourage the uptake of water which will in turn extend the vase life. Recut 2cm off all stems, then immediately place them in fresh clean water with a commercial flower preservative (or splash of bleach). Always remove any foliage from the stems that will sit below the water line, as this will quickly foul the water and promote bacterial growth.
Clean vases before use with a good bleach or disinfectant solution. Dirty vases lead to a large build up of bacteria in the water. Certain bacteria can interfere with the vessels in the plant stem, causing blockages, preventing water uptake. Unpleasant smells can develop with the growth of bacteria. Using a good commercial flower preservative will help inhibit such growth, and in turn help feed the flower, replacing the supply that would initially be given by the plant.
Ethylene is a natural odourless plant hormone that is released from all parts of the plant. It can cause pre-mature ageing and discolouration to cut flowers. Certain flowers are more susceptible to ethylene gas than others, they include: Carnations, Roses, Alstromeria and Freesia. Ethylene can also be given off into the air by cigarette smoke, rotting rubbish and ripening fruit.