Many people are often frustrated by the short life of flowers at home, and may forget that cut flowers can live longer under the right conditions. In this article, we will provide the most important tips for caring for home flowers.
Home flower care tips to give her a much longer life include:
Full water renewal every 2-3 days
Flowers drink a lot of water, as a large flower may absorb all the water in a pot for the first day or two at most, so make sure to fill the pot completely to ensure that the flowers do not dry out or wilt, and flowers are also prone to bacteria that build up as a result of being in the same water for a long time. Therefore, the water in the pot should be changed every few days, even if the water is not used. This will help to keep the flowers fresh for a longer time and avoid that rotten smell that increases with the length of time they remain in the same water. You can change the water by pouring water from the pot without ruining the design, then refill the pot by gently pouring water over the top of the flowers.
Every time you change the water, trim the flower trunks.
When we take the flowers out of the water for some time until the water is changed, the stems dry up and the cells die, and it becomes difficult for the flowers to absorb water. We can remedy this by cutting at least half an inch off the stem before putting it in the water again, so that the fresh tissues can absorb water much more efficiently.
Keep flowers away from bright light and heat
Sometimes people think that the flower pot should be placed on the windowsill in a sunny place, which is a misconception. Instead, keep the flowers in a dark and cool place if you want them to last as long as possible.
Avoid placing flowers next to ripe fruits
Ripening fruits produce an odorless and invisible gas called ethylene, which is harmless to humans but kills flowers.
When you change the water, you must make sure to wash the pot thoroughly with hot water and soap. Bacteria accumulate in the vases and as soon as you add water again, the new water will mix with the bacteria and the new bouquet will get the same bacteria that killed the last bouquet. Giving the flowers a clean free environment of bacteria will help them last much longer.
Use the flower food that comes with the bouquet
While changing the water every two days or so, add some of the food package that comes with the rose bouquet. This food package contains the spores that preserve the flowers for a day or two. You can prepare the flower food yourself by adding about 1 teaspoon of sugar. 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of bleach into a bowl before adding about a quart of warm tap water. It’s worth noting that there are a few flowers that actually don’t like putting flower food in the vase. Some of these flowers are zinnias and sunflowers.
Use sharp scissors when trimming trunks
If you use old scissors to prune flowers, it breaks the flowers, thus damaging the tissues at the end of the stem, and damaged cells cannot absorb water like healthy, effective cells. Sharp scissors ensure the integrity of tissues and cells when cut.