February, the most romantic month of the year. When all the flower shops are bustling and busy with large rose bouquets and stunning floral pieces.
Valentines Day is fast approaching and the gesture of love is at its highest. Gifting red roses or flowers of any kind is one of the oldest traditions. Many of us will at one time receive flowers as a gift. So I am here today to share with you the best way to care for your flowers and to keep them looking and smelling amazing for longer.
Caring for your Valentines Flowers
I have teamed up with the lovely ladies from Colonnade Florist to share with you the best practice for making your flowers last longer and smell amazing.
Cut flowers not only look amazing, but they can brighten any room and smell gorgeous. So caring for them shouldn’t be neglected, you wouldn’t want brown crusty flowers on your table, would you?
I must admit, there is just something about roses that really make me feel happy. The texture of the leaves and how they are so carefully wrapped around each other to create such a beautiful image. This makes roses one of my favourite flowers.
6 steps to caring for your flowers
Remove Excess Foliage
Although the foliage on your fresh flowers can often look beautiful, the plant often uses a lot of water and energy trying to keep these leaves alive. Removing most of the foliage from the stems of your flowers will help it to take the water and nutrients up to the head, where it needs it most.
If you do particularly like the foliage and want to leave some on, then it is especially vital that you do strip off any that will be below the waterline. Leaves can go mouldy and decay very quickly when submerged in water, which will lead to a build-up of bacteria in the vase- making your beautiful flowers wilt sooner than they should.
When you buy from your local florist, not only are you supporting them, but you are almost guaranteed good quality flowers that will last longer. When I picked up my roses from Colonnade Florist, they offered to remove the foliage and “de-thorn” the stems for me. A task which would take me a long time at home and I would end up hurting myself in the process.
Another reason to buy from local florists and not supermarkets is that they can create a bouquet filled with foliage that won’t impact on the life of the flower.
Cut Your stems at an angle
As your cut flowers no longer have any roots to get their nutrients from, they will use the base of their stems to take in water. However, much like your skin does when cut, it heals itself and seals up very quickly. Cutting your stems at an angle makes a larger surface area for it to take in the water and re-cutting every day or two will help keep this cut (and your flowers) fresh.
Change the Water regularly
As a general rule: if you wouldn’t sit in that water then your flowers don’t want to either! In Colonnade Florist, they change the water in their vases every single day to prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria. This may be a slightly unrealistic expectation for flowers at home, but it is important to do it as soon as, or before you start to see the water clouding.
Ensuring you change your water every other day not only helps with the health of the flower but also makes your arrangement look nicer in a glass vase.
Use the flower food provided
The same way we need nourishment to survive, your bouquet desperately wants to be fed! Although your flowers can survive for some time on water alone, they will last much longer with a top-up of flower food. Most florists will always provide a complimentary packet of flower food to put into the water before you put your flowers in, but if you regularly buy from a place that does not provide this, then you can find it relatively cheaply online. (Trust us-it really does work!)
I personally use baby-bio for my indoor plants. It is super easy to use and you can easily get your hands on a bottle for a reasonable price.
Keep your bouquet cool
Unless you have taken home a tropical flower such as orchids or bird of paradise, most flowers really do not like to be warm. We understand that it can be difficult, the summer is too hot and in the winter, we put on our heating! But if you can try to consider the temperature where you are putting your lovely display, it will help to keep them alive much longer- flowers kept near a radiator will die very quickly.
Ethylene Gas: The Flower Killer!
The final tip I have for you to ensure your Valentines flowers stay fresh is to keep you bouquet away from things that produce ethylene gas will help prolong their lifespan. Ethylene is an odourless, colourless gas which is completely harmless to adults, but very dangerous to your fresh flowers. It can be found in cigarette smoke, old or decaying fruit and vegetables, and propane heaters.
Longer lasting flowers
If you can follow these simple steps to helping your flowers. I can promise your roses (and any other flowers you have) will last longer.
I have now had my roses for just under a week and they are still as beautiful as the day I received them.
As you can see there is a little blackening around the edge of the petal, but the over all look of the rose is not compromised.
I would like to say a massive thank you to Sharon and her ladies for helping me with today’s post. Don’t forget to check out their blog and website. And get dropping those hints for Wednesday, place your order and enjoy some beautiful roses