Receiving a bouquet of fresh flowers got to be one of the best things in life. Those fresh blooms have a magical way of making one irrationally happy and I attest to this from the instant big bright smiles that greet me on my delivery runs.
As the term ‘fresh’ suggests, these flowers have been cut from their source and thus have limited lifespan of anywhere from 2 days to a week. It is also important to note that in an arrangement, some flowers eg lilies, freesia, carnations, eustomas tend to last longer than others. In this post, we’ll share some tips on how to maximise the lifespan of your fresh flowers and answer some frequently asked questions.
“Can I leave my flowers in the gift wrapped form?”
Our fresh flower bouquets delivered to you usually comes with the stems wrapped in a plastic of clean water (be sure to keep the bouquet upright!). This is good to last for about 1 day. Just like receiving a wrapped up Christmas present, we recommend that you remove the gift wrapping and transfer your flowers into a clean vase of water as soon as possible to ensure that your flowers are always hydrated.
“How should I care for fresh flowers?”
Once you have transferred your flowers into a clean vase, be sure to fill it with sufficient water to cover all the stems. If you have any floral food packet, add them into the water. Crushing half a Panadol to dissolve in water or 1/4 cup of bleach does the trick too. Remove any leaves (if any) below the water line to prevent bacterial growth. Be diligent to change the water in the vase every 1-2 days (& scrub the vase clean with soap and water). Also, use a pair of floral shears or gardening shears to trim 1-2 inches of the stems each time. Giving the stem a fresh cut will remove air bubbles and expose clean tissues uncluttered by bacteria for better water uptake. Lastly, place your flowers in a cool area away from sunlight and away from ripening fruits and vegetables.
“How do I dry my bouquet?”
Find a cool area in your house away from sunlight to air dry your bouquet. Using twine (or any substitute) and a hanger, hang your bouquet upside down so that the heads of bigger blooms eg roses do not droop. Your bouquet should be completely dry in 3-4 weeks.
Do watch out for the growth of mold- the bouquet should be discarded if that happens (your health is more important!).
*Not all flowers dry well eg lilies, tulips, alstroemerias, dusty miller. From experience, air drying works well with baby’s breath, caspia, roses, eucalyptus leaves, craspedia balls, carnations, limonium.
“When is the best time to take them out of water to dry?”
The answer is as soon as possible! Once the blooms are fully matured, their petals tend to fall easily.
That’s all the practical tips we have for you. Tried drying your bouquet before? Which technique works best for you when keeping flowers fresh? Feel free to connect and share with us, we’d love to hear and learn from you!
Shop our fresh flower designs here. If you no longer want to endure the heartache from wilting flowers, we have preserved and dried flower designs here.