Cloudy or discolored water in vases is an indication of decomposition and Bacterial growth. Change water in your container every day or two, using fresh warm water. This will open the stems, allowing the water to flow to the flower. Your fresh flowers will last longer.
Water that sits in a vase with stems of flowers also becomes stagnant and after a day or so begins to smell.
Be sure and call or stop by Eden Florist for your next bunch of flowers.
You’ll be happily surprised at how much longer your flowers last following these steps:
1. When you buy flowers make sure that they are at the optimum condition.Look for flowers where the bud shows some color.
2. Flowers should be carefully packed when they are taken home, as this prevents damage to flowers or stems.
3. Make sure the vase is clean.
4. The flowers will last longer if you use cut flower food. Make sure you use the correct amount. If you are not sure, then ask your florist.
5. Before arranging the flowers in a vase, cut off approximately an inch from each stem at an angle. If you have roses, cut them with the stems underwater.
6. Stems should never be broken off or flattened – not even “woody stems. Scraping off the bark will also shorten the flower life.
7. Remove all leaves on the lower portion of the stems. Leaves should never be covered with water as this will decrease the longevity of the flowers.
8. Regularly top up the vase with clean water.
9. Keep out of direct sunlight, keep away from heat and breezes. Keep away from fruit.
10. At night, flowers prefer to be kept cool and benefit from a lower thermostat setting.
11. Daffodils can be deadly to other flowers because they secrete a poison in the water. After trimming, leave them on their own for a whole day and do not cut again before combining them with other flowers. However, a special cut flower food is available for daffodils and this enables them to be mixed with other cut flowers immediately (ask your florist for this).
12. If your flowers start to droop, cut off at least an inch underwater, to prolong their life. Remember, flowers are thirsty!