How do you make fresh flowers last longer?

Fresh flowers have a natural cycle and individual habits and the flowers we use are not treated with chemicals or pesticides.  If not looked after they are often fleeting.  There are however a few steps you can take to ensure they last as long as possible. 

  • It’s really important when you receive your flowers to remove all the packaging (please reuse or recycle where possible)
  • Recut the stems at an angle with sharp scissors, cutting around 2.5cm (afterwards) off the bottom.
  • Some flowers exude a sap when cut and this can be an irritant to some people.  Take care when handling and always wash your hands afterwards.
  • Put them into a clean sterilised vase (we use a splash of disinfectant to clean our vases with warm water) fill with cool clean water so they can have a good drink.
  • Flower Fact!!  Why re-cut your flower stems when you receive them and not just simply place in your vase filled with water?   It’s because the bottom of the stems form a seal when they are out of water, preventing them from being able to take up more water. So re-cutting makes sure your flowers can drink all the lovely fresh clean water and happily bloom away.
  • Make sure there are no leaves or foliage below your water line.  Why?  Because this creates bacteria in the water and will shorten the life of your flowers. 
  • Keep your flowers out of direct sunlight and away from radiators and draughts.
  • Avoid keeping your flowers near fruit as it naturally produced ethylene.  This is an odorless gas that will shorten the life of your flowers. 
  • Check regularly for any dead or dying flower flowers and foliage and remove from your display.
  • Change the water in your vase every other day and recut your stems at an angle. 
  • If you have tulips in your flowers and they are a little droopy you can revive them by cutting the stems at an angle, removing lower leaves, placing in clean water and place the vase somewhere cool and dark overnight.  Tulips continue to grow after they have been cut and grow upwards towards the light.  They can become a little unruly so you can cut the stems regularly, or just enjoy their quirkiness.
  • IMPORTANT – All flowers, berries and foliage are for decorative purposes only and some can be harmful if consumed/ingested.

Look at them often & enjoy! 


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