Most people, including florists, want to keep flowers fresh looking for as long as possible. Not only does it add value to their flowers, but it also makes a stronger impression on who receives them. The individual fortunate enough to be the recipient, will remember how wonderful they smelled and how their beauty gave them a sense of joy.
Water Makes A Difference
As soon as fresh flowers are cut, it is vital to give them water. Fresh stems inner fibers are still moist and open to let water flow into the rest of the parts of the flower. These passages dry up quickly without moisture, so providing the water needs to be done quickly in order to preserve the life of the flower.
Keep It Cool
Temperature also makes a difference in keeping flowers lasting longer. By placing flowers that are in a water filled container, such as a vase, in a cool shaded area the water evaporation is slowed down, and keeps the flowers from being dried out. Alternately, an open shelf in a refrigerator would work, as long as it was not being crushed or in danger of easily being knocked over.
Let It Drink Clear Water
Flowers, like many plants, flourish using clear, clean water. Purifying the household water probably is not necessary. However, changing the flower's water every day, helps preserve its ability to maintain a firm surface and soft petals.
Clear water also helps prevent bacteria, fungus and very small insects from eating away at the petals, leaves and stems. It is easy to tell if bacteria or fungus is building up by simply smelling the water in the container. If it is foul, cloudy or has a slight yellow tint, it is definitely time to change the water. By consistently refreshing the flower container's water on a daily schedule, can add extra days to how long the flower will last.
Trim The Stem And Petals
Florists know, for the flower to make use of the clear water, it needs to have an open stem to be able to absorb it into all the fibers and eventually the petals and leaves. The stem will naturally try to close to prevent bad bacteria and or harmful elements. Even though providing daily fresh water helps, it is also a good idea to trim the end of the stem every day. One quarter of an inch is usually enough to keep an opening in the stem. In addition, trim off dried up leaves or petals and remove them from the water.