Fresh Flowers

Caring for Fresh Flowers

There is nothing quite like beautifully arranged fresh cut flowers to brighten up your home.  Flowers are also hugely sentimental as they are often used to mark anniversaries and other special occasions.  Wanting your flowers to last as long as possible is perfectly normal, most will last between one to two weeks, caring for fresh cut flowers is pretty easy.  Let us show you how.

Put them in Water

It doesn’t take long for flowers to start dehydrating, so get them into water as soon as you can.  You want to use lukewarm water it will rehydrate your flowers and encourage the blooms to open. You will also want to change the water at least every two days, once the flowers are hydrated you can start using cold water rather than warm.  Cool water will help keep your flowers in good shape.

Use the Flower Preservatives

When you get flowers from a florist they will include a packet of flower preservatives.  This packet contains antibacterial additives to keep bacteria from growing in the water, bacteria will kill your flowers by preventing them from absorbing nutrients from the water.  The packet also has some food for the flowers that will help preserve them longer and encourage them to open up.  If you got the flowers from your garden then put a drop or two of chlorine bleach into the water to kill bacteria.

Trim the Stems

You will want to use a good pair of scissors or a sharp knife and you want to cut about an inch off the bottom of your stems.  You don’t want to crush the stems and you want the cut to be on an angle to allow the flowers better access to water.  Once they have been cut them put them into water right away.  You will want to do this each time that you change the water.  Here is exactly how to do it.

Keep them Cool

Your flower need to be kept in a cool place and out of direct sunlight or away from a heat source.  Don’t leave your flowers in a hot car when you are bringing them home.  Florist vans are refrigerated and they do that to help preserve the flowers.  If you go to a flower shop most flowers are in a fridge, at home that isn’t possible but you can put them in the fridge overnight to help them last longer.

Just follow these simple tips and your flowers can last up to two weeks, you may want to dry them after that if they have sentimental value to you.

Buying Flowers

Ordering Flowers Online

Flowers are used to mark special occasions and milestones throughout our lives, from anniversaries to first dates.  They are used to express your feelings and it can be an easy way to show love and affection, apologizing and sending well wishes to an ill friend.  We are all busy and taking the time out of your day to go to the florist isn’t practical, fortunately ordering flowers online is easy.

Convenient

Buying anything online is convenient and flowers are no exception.  You can order flowers from anywhere in the world and the florist is open 24 hours a day.  No problems with rushing to make sure you get there before they close.  You can order flowers from your phone on your lunch break.  This saves you a ton of time and on busy holidays like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day you don’t have to wait in line.  You place your order and go back to your day.

Wider Selection

The local florist simply doesn’t have the space to show you all the bouquets like they can online.  You have flowers for every occasion, birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries.  Online florists have bouquets broken down by special occasions and you choose from there.  It is also easy to compare bouquets by price or the type of flowers before making your final decision.

Advance Ordering

Do you forget your anniversary every year, or how about your wife’s birthday?  You’re not alone but with online ordering you can place orders well in advance so that your flowers are delivered promptly when you want them to be.  On busy holidays like Valentine’s Day you can make sure you are not driving all over town at the last minute to find a florist who still has flowers.  It will save you time, money and keep you out of the proverbial dog house.

Cost Effective

Online florists don’t have middlemen or big retail outlets that they have to pay for so on the whole they can sell flowers at a lower cost than a traditional flower shop.  There are often coupons and discounts that you can also take advantage of making flowers quick and easy to purchase.

Ordering flowers online isn’t difficult at all, it is no different than any other type of online shopping.  You want to check reviews first and choose a reputable company to place your order.  There are some very large flower delivery services with local contacts so chances are the flowers will be local to the delivery area.  You never have to forget your anniversary again.