Fresh Flower Fun Facts

Here's a little blog to make sure that those floral bunches you are bringing home are getting the care they need and you're getting the longest life span possible to enjoy them! We are noticing a trend of more and more people looking to take on the art of flowering arranging and DIY centerpieces. In that case our feeling is, why not make sure you know exactly what we know! 

When you first bring home a bouquet from the store the obvious is to remove the elastic and cellophane holding the bunch together, but don't stop there, take the time to remove any leaves that will end up in the water. If you don’t the result is they will make the water dirtier quicker which means your flowers will not be as long lasting because they will be drinking up dirty water. Also, when dealing with fresh cuts  the longer a stem is out of water the more ‘air pockets’ that will develop in the stems causing them to drink water improperly. Giving a fresh cut of at least 1’’ to insure those air pockets have been trimmed off and the stems can drink fully and in turn give them a longer life span. Next, you want to make sure you’re using a sharp knife or clippers when trimming those stems, as this will also ensure that when you do cut the stems, you’re not pinching the stems or ‘crushing’ the stems. As well, this will cause the flower to drink water improperly and shorten the lifespan. Lastly, your vase can not be clean enough. Our motto is, if your vase isn't clean enough to drink out of, it's not clean enough for your flowers! This does not  just apply to day one either. Make sure that vase is getting new fresh water every few days and don’t be shy to give those stems a fresh cut too! Following these steps will guarantee you to obtain the longest life span possible out of your fresh cut flowers.

Here are a few extra facts and tips we thought you should know or may enjoy!

*Paper towels don’t work! Although they keep the stems damp, the flowers cannot drink water directly from the paper towels. Flowers can handle being out of water for some time providing they receive a fresh cut, before being placed back into water.  
*Alstroemeria continues to grow as they bloom meaning the stems keep getting longer and taller while the blooms open.
*Calla lilies love a bit of sugar in the water, just one lump will do!
*Freesia like sprite in the water or 7-up, the choice is yours!
*Tulips prefer a shot of vodka in the water. No need to worry they don’t have a brand preference!
*Gerberas will turn and grow toward the sun.  Don't be surprised when you arrive home and they’ve rearranged themselves!
*Birds of Paradise and Ginger lilies drink from their blooms, as well as, the stems. They enjoy a  misting on their blooms!
*Anthuriums will bruise easily just from the oils on your hand. Resist touching their blooms. Although it’s tempting to feel them and their waxy texture, please refrain for blooms sake!  
*Amaryllis have hollow stems. Insert a stick up the middle of the stem to give stability and strength  enabling it to hold up longer because when they bloom, the blooms are so heavy!
*Daffodils secrete a sap that can harm other flowers if not properly conditioned. Enjoy them in a vase on their own!
*Hydrangea love water!  Don’t be afraid to submerge the whole head of the bloom under water for a minute or two!
*Carnations and apples do not get along! They are sensitive to the toxins that apple's release into the air and this will cause them to wilt.
*Commercial mums sometimes become damaged in transport and their petals will start to fall or drop, even though the flower is still fresh! Drop some hot candle wax in the spot where the petals have fallen to prevent any more from dropping off.

We hope you have enjoyed these tips and fun facts! Talking to your local florist will also help in making sure you are taking care of your fresh cuts properly. We are here to assist and have a wealth of information, so please, we encourage you to never hesitate to ask.