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What Makes Some Flowers Last Longer

By Simon Crowther @prestigeflower

What makes some flowers last longer

When sending flowers or ordering a bouquet for yourself, you will most likely look for a bunch that will last. Value for money is extremely important and everyone wants fresh cut flowers that will stay beautiful for as long as possible. While it's important to choose quality flowers, you also need to choose the right kinds of flowers if you want to get the most out of your flower order. Some flowers naturally last onger than others which is why selection is so important.

First things first, consider nature and how some flowers naturally last longer. Carnations and roses are a good example of this. Carnations last longer than roses even when they are still attached to the main plant. Cut carnations also last longer than cut roses.

Before buying flowers, you should do enough research regarding how long different flowers last in nature. The amount of days or weeks they last in nature is a good indication of how long they should last in a vase.

Regardless of the types of flowers you choose, it's always important to follow the care guidelines. So, as soon as the flowers are delivered, you should remove any extra leaves. This will keep any leaves out of the water and this helps keep the vase water fresher for longer which directly affects the condition of the flowers.

It's also a good idea to trim each stem of the flowers and the foliage. Trim them at a 45 degree angle. This gives the stem a clean surface area for absorption and a larger one than that. Another benefit of cutting at an angle also prevents the stems from resting on the bottom of the vase. You will also need to recut the stems from time to time in order to keep that surface clean and clear of bacterial overgrowth.

Some flowers do not depend as much on flower preserves but there are many that need these additives to maintain the pH level of the water and the extra nutrients. Every time the water is changed, it's important to add more flower preserve so that you can get the most out of your bouquet.

According to expert opinion, the type of water you use can also affect the lifespan of your cut flowers. While we often use regular tap water, distilled water can make a real difference. The one problem with distilled water is the fact that it does not contain any minerals. This can be solved if you pour regular water into a bottle or vase and allow it to stand for 12 to 24 hours. This is enough time for the chlorine in the tap water to escape.

Remember not to place your flowers in direct sunlight or near any sources of heat or an air conditioner. Windy areas are also not ideal for fresh flower bouquets. If your flowers are exposed to such elements, they will wilt and perish sooner rather than later.

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