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How You Can Make Your Cut Flowers Last Much Longer

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

First, remove the flowers from the packaging, hold the stems underwater, and cut the stem at a 45-degree angle using a sharp knife. Cutting the flower stem at this angle allows the stem to have a greater surface area for water consumption. Do not use scissors to cut the stems and do not crush the stems either; this will damage the tips and block the flower’s water intake.

Next, prepare the vase and the water. Kill any bacteria or algae that formed in the vase by cleaning the inside with bleach. If your florist does not include preservatives with the flower delivery, fill the vase with lukewarm water and add a floral preservative. You can either buy preservatives from your florist or make on your own. To make your own preservatives, mix lemon with a very small amount of bleach, or a teaspoon of sugar with a few drops of bleach. Take note that using homemade concoctions might not be as effective as professional cut flower food because they don’t contain the complex mixture of preservatives and nutrients flowers need to survive.

Before putting the flowers in the vase, remove all the leaves that might be submerged in the water. Leaves have the tendency to decay when submerged underwater and when these leaves rot, they poison the water and shorten the vase life of your flowers. Arrange the flowers in any way you desire, but make sure you do not overcrowd the vase. If the bouquet is too large or the arrangement seems too tight, divide them into two and place them in separate vases.

Once you’re satisfied with your floral arrangement, keep the vase in a cool spot away from direct sunlight to avoid rapid respiration. Respiration is the process wherein living organisms age. It is helpful to note that flowers generally have a higher respiration rate than most agricultural crop. The lower the temperature of the room they are placed in, the longer the flowers will last. However, if the flowers are subjected to temperatures below four degrees, their internal cells can get easily damaged and dry out the flowers. If you want your bouquet to decorate an air-conditioned room, make sure the temperature is not too cold.

Finally, take care of your flowers every day and remove wilted flowers so they do not contaminate the rest. It is recommended that you change the water daily but if you are too busy to do so, replacing the water every two or three days is fine. Make sure you add the preservative each time you change the water. You can also re-cut the stem for improved water absorption.

Sending Fresh Cut Flowers Online

Friday, December 25th, 2009

What is the cheapest way to send flowers to someone over the internet? Ordering flowers online has quickly become the preference of choice over calling a florist. Online flower retailers offer fresh flowers cut from the farm and shipped in a box. The recipient will receive the flowers usually the next day if ordered by midday, usually 2 pm is the cutoff and the flowers will arrive in a box. You can send a vase to arrange the flowers in.

We recommend if you are going to send fresh cut flowers, there are several options available to you, some are riskier than others. Here is a list of options for fresh cut flowers that arrive in a box direct from the grower or flower farm:

Fresh cut Roses – Great option, fresh roses are easy to arrange, and usually arrive with greenery, they are in a box with flower preservative to add to the water, and an optional vase. Here is the key: roses are easy to arrange and look great in even a plain vase, and if they come fresh from the grower, they will last and last. They also come in beautiful colors, including red roses, yellow roses, white roses, cream colored roses, fire and ice roses (brilliant pink roses with white edges) and pink roses, light pink or dark pink. A popular idea for graduation is to order royal blue dyed roses, and again they are fresh, easy to arrange and they will last.

A Daisy Bouquet – This is also a very affordable option. Daisies are beautiful and they usually arrive in a big bunch in a box with a flower preservative to add to the water, and an optional vase. Daisies look great no matter how your display. Daisies are also very hearty plants, they will last for a long time. They also look great in any vase. What a customer is likely to see on floral ordering websites is the traditional white daisies. The other type of daisies are Gerbera or Gerber Daisies these come in vibrant colors and usually greenery. They are also hearty and long lasting.

Alstroemeria Bouquet – This is a beautiful and colorful flower. It is usually shipped in a large bouquet with complimentary greenery, optional vase and flower preservative to go into the water. Alstromeria is very affordable and is also used as a complimentary flower in large floral bouquets.

Try to send a bouquet of one type of flower (most popular ones listed above, you can be assured that these will all look good and will be long lasting). Be sure to order by 2 pm EST in order for next day delivery.

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