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Do's and Don'ts
Kinsch Village Florist spends a lot of time researching and partnering with the best local fresh flower suppliers. Every floral arrangement we send out the door is hearty, fresh and beautiful. We are providing you with a simple guide to extend the health and appearance of your flowers. Follow them and your flowers will look great and last for as long as possible.
1. Start with a clean vase & good quality water!
One of the largest deterrents to fresh cut flower life is bacterial. Bacteria and fungi are everywhere and are ready to enter the cut surface of the stem and multiply. Prior to actual decay symptoms, cells of the water-transporting tissues can become blocked with microorganisms, inhibiting water uptake.
A plant's root system serves as a filter to limit dirt, micro-organisms and chemicals from entering and blocking the plant's ability to absorb water. When the flower is cut off from its life-sustaining root system, it loses this vital filter. It is important, therefore, to always start with clean water in order to protect and preserve the flower.
Always use warm (100 – 110 degree) clean water as most flowers take in warm water more efficiently than cold. The actual quality of water used in a vase plays a major role in a flowers life cycle as examples;
2. Use the Flower Food provided
While a flower is attached to the plant, it receives nourishment allowing it to grow and develop. When cut from the plant, it loses its source of nourishment and water. Fresh Flower Food has been developed to simulate the flower's original environment, and allow the flower to fully develop (open).
While it is easy to find all sorts of home recipes and folklore about common household products that can be used to extend the life of your flowers, like many things this is best left to the professionals. Commercial Fresh Flower Food will increase the life of cut flowers and should always be used, these formula's are scientifically developed and carefully balanced mixtures Follow the directions on the package and always use the recommended amount. Don't take short cuts or "play it on the safe side" by using too much flower food, either way can be just as harmful.
3. Cut Stems & Remove Foliage
Re-cut the stems at an angle removing at least on inch of the stem. Always use a sharp knife or clippers rather than scissors as this will avoid crushing the stem and therefore the vascular system. The slanted cut opens more stem area for hydration and prevents the end of the stem from resting directly on the bottom of the vase impeding water flow.
Leaves that will be below the water line in the container must be removed. Leaves sitting in water will deteriorate and rot. Decaying leaves make a good medium for bacteria and fungi, which will plug the vascular system preventing hydration and eventually causing death. DO NOT remove all leaves along the stem length, the flowers require the leaves as part of their hydration process. Always be "gentle" during the removal of leaves, gashes or breaks in the stem surface are "open wounds" where bacteria may enter. Try using a soft, but impenetrable glove for the removal of rose thorns and foliage.
4. Last but not least
Check the water level daily and replenish as needed. If the water becomes cloudy, it should be completely exchanged for fresh. As the water level gets low, you must re-fill vases with fresh solution made with correct proportions of Fresh Flower Food and water.
NOTE For roses, this process can be performed on Day 1 (when you first purchase product), on Day 3, and again on Day 5, doing so will help you obtain maximum vase life.
Now, enjoy your flowers!
Source: Grower Direct