Elsie & Fleur

Our good friends over at www.potterandrest.co.uk have given us some top tips on how to ensure our cut flowers stay fresher for longer. We thought we’d share these with you as it’s very much the time of year when it’s good to get some colour into your home and also you may be getting some flowers on February 14...

Whatever your favourite cut flower is, the same rules always apply, say the flower arranging gurus:

  1. Cut the stems under water to prevent air from getting into the veins.

  2. Strip off leaves that will sit under the waterline of the vase.
  3. Put a penny in the water – the copper acts as a fungicide.
  4. Also add lemon juice to the water – the acid in the juice kills the bacteria.
  5. And add sugar too as the sugar feeds the flowers.
  6. Use lukewarm water when filling your vase.
  7. And change the water daily.
  8. Pop your flowers in the coolest part of the house overnight to stop them from dehydrating.
  9. Remove any flowers that fade and die.
  10. Remove any stems or leaves that aren’t in tip top condition as soon as they reveal themselves, as they may not be apparent when you’re arranging your flowers at the beginning.

Written by Sarah Johnstone — February 09, 2015

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