Each flower has a different science to it so when your flowers first arrive at your door step, all they need is a bit of pruning and fresh water to perk up! Tarun Joshi, co-founder and CEO of IGP.com (Indian Gifting portal), has some ideas to share:
* Unwrap the plastic/paper wrapping as soon as possible.
* Avoid placing flower arrangements in windowsills and other areas with full sun where flowers can wilt due to overheating. Most flowers last longer under cool conditions.
* Keep your vase filled with water. All flower and foliage stems should be submerged. Flowers stay fresher, longer when they can get a drink.
* If your flowers came in a basket or other container with foam, add fresh water every day.
* Immediately remove dead or wilting leaves and stems from fresh flower arrangements.
* Watch your water. When it gets cloudy it’s time to change it.
How to change the water in your flower arrangement
* First remove any dead or dying flowers from the arrangement.
* After carefully removing the good flowers, clean the vase thoroughly with soapy water to remove any bacteria that could cause the fresh flowers to deteriorate even quicker. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
* Replace the water and mix in the flower preservative provided by your florist, according to the instructions on the packet.
* For best results, cut stems with a sharp knife at an angle about one to two inches from the bottom. This allows them to better absorb water. Do not use scissors to cut your flowers because they can crush the stems and prevent water absorption.
* Place loose stems or wrapped bouquets of fresh flowers in your water mixture as soon as possible.