- Cut the stems
Cut the bottom of the stems diagonally under running water, using a sharp knife or scissors (Cut 1 to 2 inches)
Why? This increases the surface area of the stem underwater, and allows the stems to draw in water instead of air
- Remove lower foliage
Remove all the leaves that fall below the water line.
Why? These leaves breakdown and decay, which promotes bacterial growth, which can block the stem and stop the flowers taking up the water
- Mix flower food in luke warm water
Arrange your flowers in a vase with lukewarm water mixed with the first packet of floral food
Why? This will help the closed buds to start opening and help to prolong the life and beauty of your flowers. Water that is too hot or cold can be shocking to the flowers inhibiting their ability to drink water.
- Keep away from direct sunlight and heat
Place your flowers in a cool location away from direct sunlight, electrical appliances and drafts.
Why? Flowers are happiest when kept cool, temperature is key to the lifespan of flowers. Appliances such as televisions give off heat, causing flowers to dehydrate.
- Maintain your flowers
Top up the vase regularly with fresh water, re-cutting the stems when necessary. On the 3rd Day replace vase with fresh water adding the 2nd packet of flower food while removing any fading flowers.
Why? This helps to prolong the life and vibrancy of your flowers