Cut Flower After Care
stating the obvious (or so I thought) !
A very quick blog I have felt obliged to write after a quick chat with my Dad. It went something like this.....
ME: "So how are Mums flowers looking (that I gave her for Mothers' Day) ? Did you find a nice vase for them?"
DAD: " They are still looking lovely, I've just left them in the plastic you put them in "
ME: "What ????" .........
or something like that, some artistic license may have come into play!
Anyway you get the gist ! I was a little shocked that my parents didn't immediately unpack the flowers from the cellophane living vase, I had wrapped them in for their transportation to Oxfordshire, and put them in some ice cold water. I then began to wonder how many other people do not know what to do with flowers once they have received them?
So forgive me if I am stating the obvious but it appears some people need a little nudge.
|Home Grown Scented Narcissi|
If you are lucky enough to be given flowers or if you have treated yourself (and why not) when you get them home if they are wrapped (however beautifully) please unwrap them and put them in a vase/jug/pint glass!/vessel of your choosing of COLD water.
I advise that you also re-snip the ends off (on a slant).
If you re-fresh the water every few days and re-snip the ends at the same time then you will be amazed at how much longer your blooms will last. Also keep them out of strong direct sunlight (a sunny windowsill isn't a great spot, despite them looking pretty there). Next to a (turned on) radiator is also less then ideal.
So to summarize the obvious:
- Unwrap from cellophane, etc
- Place in vessel of cold water
- re-fresh water regularly (you will be surprised how quickly they drink it up)
- re-snip stem ends (on a slant)
- place somewhere cool to prevent the water heating up and the flowers 'cooking'
- enjoy your blooms for weeks
- oh, and of course buy seasonal, locally grown blooms which should be super fresh.
consider yourselves nudged !!
|Tulip 'Belicia' in cold water!|