Water quality is very important for long lasting cut flowers. By changing the water every day, it minimizes bacteria. Bacteria are the number one reason flowers die early. In order for flowers to stay hydrated and fed, you can give them a boost by adding ingredients like sugar, into the water. Some examples of flower food are below. 1. Put flower preservative “flower food” into the water. You can buy small packets from a local florist. Make sure to not use the whole packet; if it’s a small vase, just add a sprinkle. If you use too much flower food, it will cause the flower to die early. Read directions on back of packet to give proper measurements. 2. Make your own preservative. Use 2 tablespoons vinegar with 3 tablespoons of sugar per liter of warm water. The vinegar kills bacteria and the sugar feeds the flowers. 3. Use clear soda, such as Sprite. The sugars in the soda will act similar to flower food. Make sure to just add 3 tablespoons of soda to a liter of water. Again, too much sugar can hurt a flower.
Cut flowers can be sensitive to their environment. Placing flowers near fruit is risky because fruit produces ethylene gas, which causes flowers to wilt. Flowers last longer at cooler temperatures, however if flowers get too cold they will freeze. Keep flowers away from drafty doors, or windows. If flowers are placed near a heat source they will die faster, so keep flowers away from wood stoves, heat vents and hot windows.
Flowers with Longer Bloom Times
Some flowers have a longer vase life than others. Hydrangeas, Hostas, Coral Bells, Calla Lilies, Oriental Lilies, Freesia and Ranunculus have a vase life up to 2 weeks, if properly taken care of. Flowers that aren't worth cutting are Day Lilies, Bearded Iris, Lupine and Bleeding Hearts. These flowers tend to drop petals fast, or just fail to provide long lasting blooms. Do you have any tips on keeping cut flowers long lasting? If so, please share with us on Facebook. Enjoy designing with flowers, send us your bouquets! We would love to see your photos!