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Caring For Fresh Flower Arrangements
All of the arrangements we deliver are made after they are ordered, using flowers we just purchased. This gives you the longest time to enjoy your arrangement. There are things you can do to keep them fresh longer.
Flowers are perishable, just like lettuce or other greens, fruits and vegetables. And you've all seen bananas turn brown, apple slices turn brown, and lettuce wilt. Flowers fade - and you can extend the enjoyment of them in simple ways.
The biggest factor in keeping your flowers fresh is the water. Cut flowers have been separated from their source of food and water. They get their food through the moisture they take up - so pay attention to the water!
The arrangement you receive may look like it is just sitting in water, but that's not all! The water in your vase also contains a preservative, plant food and an anti-bacterial compound. The stems have been cut using a very sharp blade to make sure the flower gets all the nutrients and water it needs. All of these work together to keep your arrangement looking fresh for as long as possible.
What are the things you need to watch for? The main thing is to make sure the water stays clear. If the water starts to get cloudy, it's time to change it. Use warm water (around 70 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit - it will feel warm, not hot) - cold water can put your flowers into shock.
Here are the main things to remember -
- Keep your arrangement away from drafts
- Keep your arrangement cool and out of direct sunlight
- Make sure your arrangement has the water it needs
- If the water is getting cloudy, it's time to change it
- Your arrangement also needs food - those little packets of food are just right. If you don't have any flower food, just use fresh water.
Here are some additional tips, for when you are going to completely change the water
- Clean the vase before adding the flowers and water back in
- Recut the stems of the flowers, using a very sharp scissors or knife. If the stem starts to crush before it cuts, your blade isn't sharp enough.
- Make sure no leaves are below the water after recutting.
- The stems should be cut at an angle, for best water absorption
We used to cut all our stems under water - like they told us in floristry school. Now, floral designers are being taught to not cut under water. So - you don't need to, either! (And, we've learned something new)