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Flower Care Frequently Asked Questions

By Simon Crowther @prestigeflower

Flower care Frequently Asked Questions

When you receive a fresh bunch of flowers, you most probably want to enjoy them for as long as possible. This is where these flower care FAQs will come in handy:

What must I do when my flowers arrive?

  • Remove any packaging materials and make sure that the stems are not bound together.
  • Fill a vase with water and add floral food.
  • Trim each stem at an angle and place in the vase.
  • Remove leaves on the flower stems and make sure that no leaves are below the water line.
  • If your flowers are arranged in flower foam, make sure that the foam is wet when it arrives.

What to do when the vase water becomes cloudy or yellow?

Yellow or cloudy vase water indicates bacteria growing in the vase water. When this occurs, you need to:

  • Remove the flowers from the vase.
  • Empty the vase and clean thoroughly.
  • Add fresh water and flower food to the vase.
  • Trim your flower stems again and add to the vase.

Flowers grow with the help of sun. Should I put mine in the sun to help them open?

Plants need sunlight in order to make food through the process of photosynthesis. Once the flowers are cut from the stems, they no longer need the energy from the sun in order to mature. Setting cut flowers in the sun will only cause them to wilt and perish that much faster.

Can a wilted rose be revived?

In some cases, depending on how badly wilted the rose is, you can revive it. Here's how:

  • Fill your clean sink with warm water.
  • Place the rose horizontally in the warm (not hot) water and trim the stem with a sharp knife or pair of scissors.
  • Allow your rose to soak in the water for about 2 hours as the water cools.
  • Once revived, add to the bouquet.
  • Note that if your rose has already lived out its vase life, then you will not be able to revive it no matter what.

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