Tips to keep your flo­ral ar­range­ments look­ing fresh

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - LIFESTYLE - PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

For any bou­quet or flower to last longer, it has to be con­di­tioned prop­erly. When your flow­ers first ar­rive at your door step, all they need is a bit of prun­ing and fresh wa­ter to perk up. Anuja Joshi, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of a flower de­liv­ery net­work, tells how to take care of your flow­ers and keep them fresh: Re­move the flow­ers from

■ the box and wrap the bou­quet.

Fill a vase 2/3rd with

■ room-tem­per­a­ture wa­ter. Empty the en­tire sa­chet of

■ flower food pro­vided and stir to mix.

Trim one to two inches of

■ the stems, di­ag­o­nally. Place the bou­quet into a

■ vase. Tweak the ar­range­ment as needed.

MAIN­TAIN­ING THE BEAUTY

Wa­ter wisely: Since

■ flow­ers con­tinue to drink wa­ter af­ter they’ve been cut, it’s im­por­tant to keep fresh flow­ers in wa­ter al­ways. Ex­pos­ing the stem to air, even briefly, can cause the wa­ter-ab­sorb­ing cells to shrivel which can shorten the life of your flow­ers.

Cut stems: Trim the

■ flower stems at an an­gle be­fore in­sert­ing in wa­ter. Cut­ting the stems at an an­gle pre­vents them from sit­ting flat at the bot­tom of the vase which can block the ab­sorp­tion of wa­ter. Re-trim the stems once ev­ery few days.

Prune daily: Look out for

■ dead or loose leaves that may be sub­merged in wa­ter and re­move them. Leav­ing them will cause bac­te­rial rot which can shorten the life of your bou­quet.

Avoid heat: Place your

■ flow­ers in an area that’s pro­tected from ex­ces­sive heat such as heat­gen­er­at­ing ap­pli­ances like heaters or ovens and di­rect sun­light.

If you have al­ler­gies or sen­si­tiv­i­ties to flower fra­grance, you can opt for non-fra­grant op­tions, like trop­i­cal flow­ers such as or­chids, an­thurium, birds of par­adise or other trop­i­cal va­ri­eties.

CUT­TING THE STEMS AT AN AN­GLE PRE­VENTS THEM FROM SIT­TING FLAT AT THE BOT­TOM OF THE VASE WHICH CAN BLOCK THE AB­SORP­TION OF WA­TER. RE­TRIM THE STEMS ONCE EV­ERY FEW DAYS

Place your flow­ers in an area that’s pro­tected from ex­ces­sive heat such as heat­gen­er­at­ing ap­pli­ances

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