I love fresh flowers, there is something about fresh cut market flowers in my home that really brightens my day. I don’t know whether it is their fresh scent, or their bright colours, or maybe just the way they liven up a room, but they are a simple and effective home decorating essential and just plain make me happy.
However I have something to admit, I have no idea how to care for them or how to get a longer vase life out of your fresh flowers until I received my recent bunch of fresh market flowers from FlowerHaul on the Gold Coast. This gorgeous bunch of Baby’s Breath was delivered freshly cut from the markets and straight to my door from the lovely Ellie, owner of FlowerHaul. Not only did it arrive beautifully presented with a personalised note that I just loved, but Ellie gave me some great tips to keeping my gorgeous fresh baby’s breath looking luscious and green for longer. Ellie’s advice worked wonderfully and I have had a gorgeous fresh bunch of flower brightening my days for longer than I normally can.
These tips were so great I just had to share them with you all, so you too can have a longer vase life out of your fresh flowers.
GENERAL CARE FOR ALL FLOWER TYPES
TIP: Carefully remove your flowers from their packaging, and remove the hydration wrap from the stems along with any other protective packaging. Rinse the stems well.
TIP: Using sharp cutters, chop 2-3cm off the bottom of each stem. Chopping off the bottom a little helps your flowers to stay hydrated, and stay fresher for longer. It also helps if you cut the stems on a 45-degree angle – this provides more surface area for the flowers to drink from. Clever!
TIP: Remove all the lower leaves and foliage from around the bottom of the stems (that fall below the waterline). These leaves tend to make the water a bit swampy and smelly, which produces nasty bacteria that decreases the flowers’ life.
TIP: Make sure your vase is squeaky clean (it means less bacteria and a longer vase life for your flowers.) Fill the vase with tap water, usually about two-thirds full. Pop the flowers straight into the vase.
TIP: Keep the flowers out of direct sunlight and away from any breezes or heat sources or bowls of fruit as they really don’t like the ethylene gases that fruit emits as it ripens.
TIP: Just like in nature, your flowers will naturally blossom and wilt at different times. When any of the petals begins to wilt, pluck them out from the bunch so they don’t spoil the rest.
For more advice on caring for specific flower types, please check out Flower Haul’s website here.
Ellie from FlowerHaul actually has the most gorgeous Instagram so make sure to check it out @flowerhaul.
* Flowers were gifted by FlowerHaul.