Household Items to Keep Flower Fresh

How to Keep Flowers Fresh with Household Items

Flowers, though beautiful in nature, provide a pleasing effect and has its own charm and is a delight when someone sends it to you when you least expect it or for that matter from someone least expected. Flowers, being perishable in nature, do wither away in a few days even though the utmost care is taken of the bouquet.

Of course watering the flowers, keeping it away from direct sunlight or wind, trimming the stems daily can extend the life of the flowers to the maximum but there are some other household items lying around which could assist in keeping the flowers fresh for a longer time in your bouquet. The main criteria that causes flowers to decay is the growth of bacteria in the water. The idea here is to control the growth of bacteria which in turn lets your flower bouquet looking fresh longer.
Soda
Not many know but Soda is very useful in assisting the flowers live a longer period. If you put about a quarter cup into a vase full of water of the cut flowers, the sugar in your soda drink will make the blooms last longer. Soda’s such s Spring or 7 Up are apt to use in a clear glass vase so that it matches the water without adding any color.
Vodka
The basic principle of keeping your floral bouquet fresh and last longer is to minimise the growth of bacteria in the water. This is usually done by replacing the water on a daily basis. However, adding a few drops of vodka or any clear spirit in the vase of the bouquet of flowers with act as an antibacterial solvent along with a spoon of sugar. You could do this every alternate day to vastly prolong the freshness and life of the flower bouquet.
Hair Spray
Hairspray is intended to keep and preserve your hairstyle. However a quick blast of hair spray onto the bouquet from a few inches away can give it a good shine especially around the foliage and petals of the flowers.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Mixing 2 spoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 spoons of sugar mixed into the vase water prior to placing the flowers will surely enhance the flowers longevity.
Aspirin or Crocin
It is an old tried and tested method of keeping roses and other fresh flowers live longer. Crushing a couple of pills and putting it into the vase before placing the flowers will surely allow the flowers to bloom better and last longer. Changing the flower vase water every other day will greatly enhance its longevity.
Bleach
Fresh cut flowers last longer with bleach. Adding a quarter spoon of bleach to a medium size vase full of water along with a spoon of sugar will increase the life of the floral bouquet. This will also keep the water from getting cloudy and inhibit the growth of bacteria.
Coins
Fresh flower bouquets delivery usually take a toll coming from different temperatures of storage to delivery vehicle to the final delivery place. Placing copper pennies and a cube of sugar to the vase water will act as an acidifier which prevents the growth of bacteria which will surely assist in keeping your bouquets looking the way they came longer.
Sugar
Sugar nourishes plants, whilst vinegar prevents bacterial growth. Dissolving 3 spoons of sugar and 2 spoons of white vinegar of mild warm water and placing flowers until the stems are covered 3 – 4 inches will keep the arrangement looking fresh longer.
We at May Flower take utmost care of the flowers that come fresh from the farms and till flower delivery we make sure that the flowers are at their best. However, once delivered, the receiver has to take care by watering the flowers delivered to them. When flowers are ordered online and delivered by us, each bouquet comes with a small tag that has few basic instructions to take care of the flowers. Whilst most florists that deliver do not really bother about the life of the bouquet post delivery, we at May Flower want our customers to get the best and make sure they last to get their monies worth.

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.

How to Make a Puppy Dog Bouquet

Floral Arrangements for puppy bouquet

Floral arrangements take time and effort so that you achieve a particular look with the flowers that you use. Creative arrangements can be made to look like specific things, including a puppy bouquet.

Things You’ll Need
  • Container
  • 12 large chrysanthemums, stemmed
  • Floral foam, will be cut to fit
Instructions
Making the Puppy
Cut the floral foam to fit inside your container using the utility knife. Secure the foam inside the container by using the hot glue gun. Add glue to the perimeter of one flat side of the foam and press it into the container. If you are using fresh flowers, you will need to use waterproof floral tape to secure the foam in place.
Cut your chrysanthemum stems to the desired height. You will not be creating the whole puppy, just its head and front paws, which will hang over the edge of the container. If you’re using fresh flowers, you can cut the stems with scissors or garden shears. You will need wire cutters for artificial flowers.
Place one chrysanthemum stem into the center of the foam, angled slightly toward the back. This will be the head section, which is separate from the rest of the face pieces.
Push one chrysanthemum stem on each side of the head flower into the foam. Push the stems in at slight downward angles, making the blooms face slightly upward. The the petal edges of these side blooms should touch the head petals. Each of the side flowers should be facing out, so it appears that the underneath portion of the petals are touching the head. These are the ears and should be tightly clustered with the head.
Place three chrysanthemum stems into the foam below the head to make the puppy’s face. Two blooms should angle upward, and their petals should touch the head and ear petals. These are the eye flowers. The third chrysanthemum will be the nose flower and should protrude slightly.
Place one chrysanthemum stem on each side of the nose, facing downward slightly, just below the two eye flowers. Your puppy’s head, eye sections, ears and nose are now complete.
Insert one bloom on each side under the last two flowers you added, but angle the blooms down and place them so they hang over the edge of your container. These are the paws.
Insert one bloom on each side just above the paws and facing upward. These are the legs.
Final Touches
Cut your greenery and small flower stems short enough so that they appear to be supporting your puppy. Arrange the greenery and small flowers around the puppy making sure to fill in the back, sides and in between the legs.
Cut your ribbon in half and tie each half into a small bow. Cut two pieces of the .22 gauge floral wire long enough to fit into the foam and stretch out to the top of the head and ear petals.
Wrap one end of a piece of wire around the knot portion of one bow. Gently push one ear aside slightly and insert the other end of the wire into the foam.
Position the bow so that it appears to be tied to the ear, next to the head. Repeat for the other bow, wire and ear.
Glue your stuffed animal eyes and nose into position on the eye and nose blooms. If you are using artificial flowers, you can use the hot glue gun; for fresh flowers, you will need to use fresh flower glue. Your puppy bouquet is finished and ready for giving.
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