If you're like most people, you love receiving flowers. But what do you do once you've received your bouquet? How do you ensure that your flowers stay fresh and beautiful for as long as possible?
A La Bouquet, we create floral arrangements that are designed to last. While your flowers won't withstand the test of time forever, there are care tips that can help them last longer than usual.
Here are a few bouquet care tips to help you keep your flowers looking their best.
Floral bouquets typically last a week before losing freshness. While it does depend on the type of flower, caring for your bouquet can make a big difference in its longevity. With proper bouquet care, however, your arrangement could last up to two weeks.
When it comes to caring for your flowers, there are a few key bouquet care tips to keep in mind. These are easy to remember and can be done in the comfort of your home, to ensure your flowers last as long as possible.
This may seem like an obvious bouquet care tip, but it's important nonetheless. Old or dying flowers will not last as long as fresh blooms, so be sure to select bouquets that have recently been cut. If you're not sure when the flowers were cut, ask your florist for advice. Alternatively, picking up a bouquet from your local markets is also a good way to get your hands on a fresh bunch.
The type of vase you use will also affect how long your bouquet lasts. Always clean your vase before adding fresh water and flowers. Using a bacteria-killing solution or simply boiling the vase for a few minutes will do the trick. Once you've disinfected your vase, fill it with room temperature water (cold water can shock the blooms and cause them to wilt).
As a general rule, flower arrangements with short stems will do best in short, wide vases, whereas bouquets with long stems will do well in tall, thin vases. This is because shorter bouquets need more water to stay fresh, while longer bouquets need less.
After you've selected the perfect vase, it's time to prep your bouquet for arrangement. There are a number of steps you can take to maximise your bouquet's freshness.
The first is to trim about an inch off each flower by cutting the stem at an angle. This will ensure that your flowers can uptake water and nutrients more easily. You'll also want to remove any leaves that sit below the water line in the vase. This prevents bacterial growth, which can hinder your flower's freshness.
Another important tip for certain flowers, like roses, is to remove the guard petals. These are the few outermost petals that protect the bud during packaging and transport. These can be carefully removed to allow your flower to bloom fully.
Flowers need food the same way that we humans do. That’s why most bouquets come with a packet of flower food - to give your blooms a much-needed nutrients boost.
Make sure to add the correct amount of flower food to your vase, according to the instructions on the packet. This will help to keep your bouquet looking fresh for longer. You want to avoid over-diluting or over-concentrating with the flower food.
You can find flower food at your local hardware store or supermarket, or even make your own with few ingredients.
While you want your bouquet to be the centre of attention, you also want to make sure it’s in a good location to maximise its freshness. Display your bouquet in a location away from direct sunlight, drafts or heat sources. These can all cause flowers to wilt and fade faster.
It's almost important to keep your bouquet away from any fruit. The ethylene gas that fruit produces can wilt flowers prematurely.
While it's easy to take care of your bouquet when you first bring it home, it's easy to get complacent over time. Fresh bouquets will last the longest when you change the water every few days and trim the stems at an angle of 45 degrees. This allows the flowers to take in the most water possible.
Check the water level daily and top it up as needed. You may need to do this more often in hot weather. It's also a good idea to give your bouquet a fresh packet of flower food each time you refresh its water.
You should also remove any dead or dying flowers from your bouquet. Not only will this make your bouquet look nicer, but it will also help extend the life of the other flowers.
If you're looking for fresh, beautiful bouquets that will last, look no further than La Bouquet! Our bouquets are made with only the finest and freshest flowers and are crafted with love and care.
You can browse our range of floral arrangements online, or visit us in-store at our Noosa boutique. At La Bouquet, we offer premium flower delivery services on the southeast coast of Queensland. Whatever your floral needs, La Bouquet is your florist of choice.