Make your bouquet last with these tips.
Whether picked from the garden or received as a gift, cut flowers can sometimes lose their freshness all too quickly. Here are some tips for making cut flowers last.
- If picking from your garden, do so in the early morning or in the evening. Use secateurs to cut branches and utility scissors for stems. Fill a bucket with tepid water and plunge the stems in immediately and leave in a cool, dark spot for a few hours to soak up water before arranging.
- Remove all leaves that will be below the level of the water. They’ll rot and the water will start to smell.
- Before arranging, cut the stems and place just the tips (1cm) into boiling water. This will kill any bacteria and allow the stems to draw more water.
- Flowers such as peonies and hydrangeas can be submerged in water for a few hours to revive them.
- Flower food, such as Chrysal, will help prolong your bouquet.
- Many flowers do better with only a few centimetres of water in the vase. Don’t forget to top it up when needed though.
- In warm weather, move your vase to the coolest room in the house at night.