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How to Get the Longest Life from Your Flowers

by Hannah Li
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Gifting someone a beautiful bouquet of flowers can be a great thrill for everyone involved. However, once the initial thrill is gone and the flowers are just sitting on your dining table, that beauty will start to wither.

To get the most enjoyment out of the bouquet, you need to find a way to extend the lifespan of your blooms. In this blog we are going to go over 4 simple ways to get the longest life from your flowers.

  1. Buy fresh flowers

If you’re the one gifting flowers, make sure to buy them from a professional and established flower shop. Florists are specifically trained to cut, prune and arrange flowers in such a way that preserves their freshness for as long as possible.

In addition, florists will be able to give you expert advice on what you should do to preserve certain types of flowers. For example, peonies and dahlias have shorter lifespans compared to chrysanthemums and orchids. Because of this, they will need to be stored in a dry place and cared for properly in order to last.

Be sure to ask your local florist if you have any specific questions about maintaining bouquets.

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  1. Have clean water and a clean vase

Once the flowers are home, you’ll need a clean vase. If you have an unused vase laying around, wash it thoroughly and get rid of any dirt, dust or debris that’s in it. If you don’t clean the vase, bacteria will end up clogging the stem, preventing moisture from reaching the flower, thus shortening its lifespan.

You should also make sure that you cut the foliage so that it’s not making contact with the water. This will keep the water clean and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Pruning your flowers means that the water can go straight to the blooms instead of hydrating the foliage that is growing on the stem.

  1. Recut the stems

As a general rule, you should cut the bottom of the stems every two or three days. This allows a consistent flow of water through the stem and preserves your flowers for a longer period of time. If you don’t cut the stem regularly, the cutting ‘wound’ will end up closing, preventing moisture from reaching the blooms.

Additionally, microorganisms tend to grow around the bottom of the stem. If you allow this to develop for too long, the bottom of your vase might start to become a hub for germs, bacteria and other harmful organic matter. Because of this, it’s recommended that you regularly cut one or two inches off of the stem to prevent the growth of microorganisms.

  1. Keep in a cool place

Lastly, make sure you store your flowers in a cool, dry place. Too much heat will cause the flowers to release more moisture than they can take in. Put simply, heat will dehydrate the blooms and shorten their lifespan. Because of this, make sure your flowers aren’t exposed to too much sunlight.

That being said, too much moisture is also bad. If the flower is exposed to too much moisture, they’re not going to be able to pull in enough oxygen to survive. In other words, they suffocate and ‘drown’.

There you have it, four ways to lengthen the lifespan of your flowers. If you want those bright, vibrant colours to remain for as long as possible, be sure to follow the tips we’ve discussed above. Of course, if you have any questions, you can always visit your local florist for professional advice.

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