Taking care of the flowers that you purchased or received is an important job that you need to learn in order to extend its life. There are different ways that you can do to preserve it so that people in your home can enjoy seeing it for a long period of time. This is particularly perfect for those people who need something to cheer them up. If you have recently picked, purchased or received flowers and you want them to last longer than usual, here are some techniques that are worth learning:
- Know the best time to pick flowers. If you are going to pick flowers, the best to do so is in the morning or late evening. The reserves of sugar in the flower’s stems are at their peak every morning or evening. The perfect time for picking flowers is early morning when the stems have plenty of water after the night’s cool air. Don’t pick flowers in the afternoon when the sun is at its hottest. Too much heat lowers the water content in the flower stems. If you picked flowers while it is raining, gently shake them to take away excess water. Too much moisture can sometimes damage flowers especially the delicate ones.
- Condition the flowers. Before arranging, let the flowers get a good drink for at least five hours. It allows the stems to absorb water therefore making the flowers crisp. These flowers will last longer compared to flowers that have not been properly conditioned.
- Use preservatives. Preservatives help eliminate existing bacteria in the water of your vase. Preservatives can be obtained in supermarkets or garden centers. Another alternative is to apply household bleach in the water. If you don’t want using preservatives however; the water in the vase needs to be regularly changed. Also, cut the stems on an angle daily. If you used preservatives, then you won’t need to re-cut the stems and the water will only need changing twice a week.
- Special treatment. There are flowers that need special treatment in order to provide them the longest life as much as possible. Flowers with woody stems such as lilac, hydrangea, and rhododendrons do not take up water easily as other flowers. Split the stem’s ends upwards for 5 cm. (or two inches) at most to assist in breaking down the stem’s thick fibers. After giving the treatment, put the stems in a water-filled container to give the flowers a good and long drink prior to arrangement.
- Revive the flowers. Wilted flowers can be revived by using a simple yet effective method. Let the flowers float into a warm water for 30 minutes. This way, the stem and petals will have enough time to absorb water to regain its freshness.
Learning these basic flower cares will help you optimize the life of your ornaments thus enjoying its presence for a long time. Furthermore, it will help you save money because you won’t need to purchase flowers regularly anymore.