Tips to keep your floral arrangements looking fresh
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