Making cut flowers last

Making cut flowers last

Make your bouquet last with these tips.

making cut flowers last

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Remove all leaves that will be below the level of the water. They’ll rot and the water will start to smell.
  3. 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.
  4. Flowers such as peonies and hydrangeas can be submerged in water for a few hours to revive them.
  5. Flower food, such as Chrysal, will help prolong your bouquet.
  6. Many flowers do better with only a few centimetres of water in the vase. Don’t forget to top it up when needed though.
  7. In warm weather, move your vase to the coolest room in the house at night.



Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Digital editor I’m getting married in 2018 and I think it’s the perfect time to focus on my relationship with not only my fiance but my friends, family and colleagues too. I want to nurture and cherish the people I love by being more understanding and present in their lives.

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