In order to arrange your flowers by yourself, you will need to take all necessary care to preserve your flowers with the highest level possible of freshness and beauty. Probably the flowers provider would give you the some instructions, so give individual attention to the type of flower you choose.
Basically steps: clean them, give them water, feed them and keep them in a cool place.
1. Clean the flowers. Yes, but not with soap and water. Rather it is to remove excess leaves and twigs of each flower. No need to remove all the green, only those in the part of the stem immersed in water. This will prevent them to decompose in water, which creates bacteria and thus accelerates the death of the flowers.
2. Give them fresh water. Obvious right? What is not so obvious is how to give them water. For most of the flowers simply cut the stems at an angle of 45 ° under running tap water, or better still submerged in water. Remember to use pruning shears in good condition or a sharp knife, you do not want to push close to the stems, but make clean cuts that do not harm the flower.
3. Feed the flowers. Yup! They are alive, so we need not only water but also food. How do you feed? Very easy. The secret is to offer your flowers food through the water. The best way to do this is to prepare the water where you will place the flowers (immediately after cleaning and cut the stem at 45 ° under water) with the necessary ingredients. Many florists and self-service centers will include food for flowers. Just follow the instructions you get there.
4. Keep them in a cool place. The flowers are very sensitive to temperature. They like neither heat nor cold. Even if in their natural state are “sun flowers” or “flowers that occur even in the snow” the truth is that most of the flowers that are available on greenhouses come from places with controlled temperatures. So you must place them in a cool place free from blizzards, free from excessive heat or strong sun light. Also some flowers are susceptible to the gases emitted by fruits and vegetables so avoid putting them together at the same table.
Extend the life of your flowers with one of these recipes. Choose the option that is easiest for you!
– A spoonful of sugar and a teaspoon of chlorine (per 2 or 3 liters of water). This is the best choice because sugar feeds the flowers and chlorine kills bacteria.
– Effervescent aspirin (use one for every 2 or 3 liters of water). The effervescent aspirin oxygenates the water and keeps it free of bacteria.
– A splash of Sprite or 7up. It is the equivalent of using sugar with the bonus of gas but no protection against bacteria. The important thing is: give them something to eat and optimize the water so it does not fill with bacteria and prevents your flowers to deteriorate.
Tip: From the date you receive the flowers until the day that you will use them be sure to re-cut a piece of the stem once at every 24 hours. In this way you will ensure they can continue taking water easily.
Ready! Now enjoy the freshness and beauty of your flowers to the fullest!