Flower arrangements, bouquets, and
floral designs may be expensive, while some others may have sentimental value
for you or some member of your family. If you are wondering how to lengthen the
life of your flowers arrangements, Florists says that putting a little extra
care will make a huge difference for any size arrangement, avoiding excessive
heat or cold as first measure.
As a general rule, most flowers
arrangements only last fresh 4 to 7 days, and sometimes longer depending on the
flowers used, the care they received and if they were treated somehow to
prolong their life. According to the Society of American Florists, few, easy to
follow tips may help you to preserver vibrant flowers.
For floral arrangements put a vase
filled with water containing any flower food provided by the florists. Keep the
flowers in a cool place, even in the lower area of your refrigerator, until the
moment when you can get them in a flower food solution.
Follow the mixing directions carefully
on the flower food package. These flower foods are mixed with either a pint or a
quart of cool water, and should not be diluted with more water than specified on
the directions. If you are in doubt ask the florists.
Wash with an antibacterial cleaning
solution or detergent in a vase and fill in with water adding the flower food
from the specialized florists. Take care to remove leaves falling below the
waterline since those leaves under water will promote bacterial microbial growth
limiting water uptake by the flower and causing bad odors after few days.
Florists recommend to cut stems
diagonally by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife and then placing the
flowers in the vase solution previously prepared. If you purchase loose flowers
to make your arrangements or bouquets, you should also consider several
additional preservations tips, because it is not only the cost of a flower
arrangement but the beauty that flowers add to our environments.
When selecting your own flowers, look
for those with firm upright petals, and buds beginning to open. Watch them
carefully because florists say that yellow spotted or drooping leaves are signs
of age, something that you maybe you have confirmed at some point in the past
trying to lengthen the life of your flowers.
first floristís advice: keep your flowers in a cool spot away from direct heat
or sunlight, but avoiding also fans, cooling vents, on top of televisions or
radiators, and do not place directly under ceiling fans.
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