of lovely things are they,
On earth, that soonest pass away.
The rose that lives its little hour
Is prized beyond the sculptured flower.
- William Cullen Bryant
loves to get fresh flowers; they are so beautiful!
A good florist will always include some written
details on how to make your flowers last. Here
are a few basic guidelines that will ensure
your flowers maintain their freshness and frangrance
1. Snip off the base of the
If you've received cut flowers you'll need to
re-cut the stems before you put them in the
vase to make sure their vascular cells are wide
open to take up water. Under running water,
make a fresh cut on the stems with some small
pruning shears. You may not want to use scissors
because they can crush the stems. The stems
should be snipped at least 2cm at an angle from
Change the water
Still water can build up bacteria that blocks
the flow of water. Fresh, pure water every few
days can prolong the life span of your flowers
for up to a week.
standing flower arrangements sent through Phoolwala.com
will have been made in a water retaining foam
or a terracotta pot. This will need topping
up every couple of days. Simply dribble water
into the centre of the design or at the back
into the foam.
Flowers are living plant material and therefore
need to be fed. Mix two tablespoons of white
vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a quart
of water, and use that in your vase. You could
also crush an aspirin in the water or pour some
lemon-lime soda in there.
dash of sugar and bleach can do wonders. The
bleach stops algal growth and sugar provides
energy to the flowers so they can continue to
develop. This helps them to last long enough
for buds to fully open and for the vase life
of the flowers to be extended. Go easy on the
bleach, though ! Just a small pinch should suffice.
4. Keep flowers away from sun
The hotter flowers get, the faster they release
water. This is called transpiration. In hot
Indian conditions, their life is significantly
reduced when you put them near a window or close
to any source of heat.
5. Flowers and fruit don’t
Fruit gives off a gas called ethylene. This
gas speeds up the life of any produce around
it. Flowers can rapidly deteriorate when around
6. Remove leaves below waterline
Strip away any leaves that will fall below your
water line, because those leaves will rot and
poison your flowers. Make sure your vase is
nice and clean. Any bacteria left from your
last arrangement could damage the flowers too.
Just follow these simple steps and your flowers
will stay fresh and fragrant for a long time.