A flower arrangement can instantly brighten up a space and there are so many different types of arrangements that you can try. This is something you can do with the help of your florist. But even the best flower arrangement has a limited time to stay fresh. However, there are some tips and tricks you can try to extend the time you enjoy the flowers.
You can contact a florist that provides flowers delivery to get exactly the type of arrangement you are looking for your home or office. You will find so many tips online that extend the life of flowers but be prepared for some tips that will not deliver on the promise. There are tried and tested methods to have blooms last longer. The first thing you have to do is select flowers; this will have a big impact on the lifespan of the flowers. If you are purchasing the flowers in-store, then you have a better chance of picking fresh flowers. You have to examine the leaves and stems of the flowers to see if there is any damage. The leaves should not be dropping and they should be fresh looking instead of yellow. Check the condition of the water the flowers are in. If the stems are broken or feel slimy to the touch, it is best to pick a different bunch of flowers. The flowers should also be scrutinised for freshness. Check if the petals are dropping or damaged. Sometimes you may be able to spot grey mould on the flowers which can steer you away from the display.
Always elect blooms that are just starting to open as they will have a longer lifespan. If you are picking single flowers like a rose, you can select a bloom where only one petal has started unfurling. If you are buying a bunch of flowers, pick a bunch that has a few flowers open. If you are partial to sunflowers, you have to pick sunflowers that still have a bit of green in the centre. The water you keep the flowers in has a big impact on the life of the flowers as well. The water should always be clear and clean. This means you will need to change the water in the bowl or vase quite often. Make sure you add fresh water that is lukewarm. When you frequently replace water, you are removing any bacteria that have been growing in the old water. And this prevents the flower stem from being blocked and unable to take in water.
There is some maintenance that has to be done as well. When you bring the flowers home, you have to get a sharp knife and cut the stems at a 45 degree angle. This cut has to be done about an inch from the end of the stem. Make sure the knife is sharp so that it doesn’t damage the stem. And it is best to clean the knife with some alcohol first to prevent contamination. A useful tip is to add some pennies into the vase but make sure that they are made of copper. So these will be old pennies and not newly issued ones. The copper in the pennies will act as a fungicide.