Taking Care of Flowers during Summer

It is the peak of Summer and this year the heat has been extremely erratic and temperatures have reached high degree’s than usual across India.  Us humans are barely being able to survive these temperatures, hence one can image how this would affect fresh flower arrangements.

Flowers go thru a long journey after being harvested and packed at the growers to being transported to florists who trim, clean and store them in water.

The journey from the farm to the retail shop is one which is faced with extreme heat and long periods of time without water. In moderate temperatures, this is not a problem but flowers such as roses, lilies etc do take a toll upto the time they reach the florist shop.

Once they are fed with water and kept at a moderately acceptable temperature they do regain most of their lost appeal and tend to remain this way thereby allowing them to be put in an arrangement or bunch and delivered to the end recipient.

A person who receives a bouquet has to then take care of the flowers to maintain the freshness and beauty so that he or she can enjoy the flowers for a few days. They can follow a few steps and tricks to pro long their bouquets.

One should remove any dead leaves from the stems of the flowers as these hold certain bacteria and organisms that can shorten the life of the flowers.

Spraying your flowers with water will only work for a few varieties of flowers and may end up damaging your flower. Flowers such as roses, orchids benefit with a light spray on the petals of flowers. Other flowers will not benefit the same way.

Every bouquet of flowers should be cut at the base every 2nd day at a slanting angle to keep them fresh and water should be changed as well at the same time. Re-cutting the flower stems submerged in water helps as well. Some will recommend cutting them in lukewarm water but that is not beneficial for all flower varieties. Always make sure the bottom of the stem has a more whitish look rather than brown or black. If it is not drinking enough water it will show darker colors.

Always keep flowers away from sunlight or any source of wind or air such as a fan. These will shorten the life of your flowers tremendously. Whilst natural light is necessary for growth, direct sunlight or any extreme source of heat will damage the blooms.

One can easily remove dead petals of flowers such as roses by simply plucking them with your fingers and thereby enhancing your look of your bouquet.

Hand bunches should be immediately removed off their wrapping paper and put in a vase full of water. At May Flower we provide each hand bunch with a wet cotton soaked in water so the bunch will be hydrated for a few hours till it is delivered to the receiver who has enough time to put it in water.

Arrangements in floral foam tend to drink in a lot of water so one should make sure that water is put in the container atleast twice a day till it just about overflowers.

These are some of the tips we follow for our customers in Mumbai and other cities in India where temperatures reach really high degree’s.

Flower Of the Month – October

The October Birth Flower is the Calendula (Marigold)

There are specific flowers which are traditionally given according to the month that a person is born. The History and traditions surrounding the October Birth Flower, the Calendula (Marigold) is fascinating. There are many myths and legends about the origins of this tradition. It is believed that birthday celebrations originated in the Roman Empire and the origins of birth month flowers, such as the Calendula (Marigold), could be said to date back to these times. During Roman birthday celebrations family and friends offered congratulations and brought gifts. The gifts included gemstone jewelry, such as the Opal, and also flowers – the first traditions and origins of the October Birth Flower.

The language of flowers developed during the highly conservative period of the Victorian era. The Victorians were strongly restricted by the rules of etiquette when it was considered totally inappropriate to express feelings of love or affection. The “Language of Flowers” therefore evolved when a message was assigned to specific flower such as the Calendula (Marigold). A lover could then send flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning.The meaning of the October Birth Flower, the Calendula (Marigold) symbolizes sorrow or sympathy.The hidden message of the Birth Flower, the Calendula, so favored during the Victorian era was “My thoughts are with you”.

Colors of the Calendula (Marigold)

The colors of the October Birth Flower, the Calendula (Marigold), include Yellow, OrangeAll over the World people give Birth Month Flowers as gifts to celebrate special occasions or events. Flowers, such as the Calendula (Marigold), are always given to celebrate the birth of a new baby and included in wedding flowers or a wedding bouquet. Many people also like to give October Birth Flower, including the Calendula (Marigold), to celebrate special events at different times and months of the year and especially during holiday periods. Knowing the flowers which are associated with the October Birth Flower and their meaning adds to the significance of the flowers. The special events where it would be appropriate to give the October Birth Flower, the Calendula (Marigold) are as follows:

Celebrate Hallowen and Colobus Day by Calendula (Marigold)

Month of October Flowers, the Calendula (Marigold), to celebrate Halloween on October 31 and Colobus Day on October 13. The October Birth Flower, the Marigold is called the Calendula as the word means the first day of the month, referring to the fact that the marigold blooms at the beginning of the month throughout most months of the year.

Throughout India, the Indian variety Marigold is very famous for all sorts of Puja’s, Wedding Decorations and Torans for any auspicious occasion and celebration.

To send birthday flowers online, visit us at Mayflower.in