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.

Kaas Plateau – Valley of Flowers

Maharashtra’s answer to the Valley of Flowers, Kaas Plateau comes alive after the rains when the entire region is carpeted with flowers. Located 35 km from Mahabaleshwar, the plateau spread over 1000 hectare is a visual treat till October when the bloom lasts.

The name ‘Kaas’ originates from the Kaasa tree. The leaves of the tree turn red from green as it matures. During the month of March the tree sprouts white flowers.The plateau is known as Kaas Pathar in Marathi language. The plateau is full of wild flowers during the months of August and September and the blooms last for about two to three weeks.The whole plateau resembles a carpet with flowers of every hue from the colour spectrum. More than 450 different species of flowers, orchids and carnivorous plants such as Drosera Indica are found in Kaas.
Due to its beauty it attracts many tourists, scientists and nature lovers. Major portion of the Kaas Plateau is a reserve forest and it has received World Natural Heritage Site tag too.
Kaas Plateau was formed by volcanic activities and is covered by a thin soil cover as a result of which, no vegetation thrives in the region. Having peculiar volcanic rock soil, the plateau has become home to many endemic species of plants – those that can only survive in this region. It was absolutely amazing to see so many different flowers with the slightest differences in hue, making the plateau a Technicolor carpet. This area comes under very high rainfall zone. Due to this, the flora and fauna of the region is unique and endemic. Its unique ecological features make Kaas one of the hotspots of biodiversity.
 
Best time to visit Kaas Plateau
Trekking through the flower covered plateau is a gratifying experience. However, there is nothing much to do except taking lazy strolls through the meadows. Best time to visit Kaas Plateau is after the rains till October end. Many people visit Kaas during the rains; however, the plants bloom only in late August to September. Kaas also has around 33 endangered species. These species are only found in rocky lands and are on the brink of extinction due to the changes in climatic and geological conditions.

What are Chrysanthemums?

Chrysanthemums – What are they?

Chrysanthemums or popularly known as ‘mums’ come from the Greek word ‘Chrys’ meaning golden (the color of the original flowers), and ‘anthemon’, meaning flower.

Chrysanthemums bloom in various forms and colors with different classifications on size and shapes. They can be daisy like spread or like small buttons or round miniature balls. They bloom in various colors and most popular ones are white, yellow and pink!
Chrysanthemums are very cheerful and bright happy flowers and they are very popular amongst florists worldwide. They symbolise freedom, joy and happiness.
Chrysanthemums are a bunch of many flowers around a central flat disk of flowers surrounded by longer petals of flowers. There are many different types of chrysanthemums ranging from sprays, to spiders, to button shaped or umbrella shaped flowers.
Chrysanthemums are tropical in nature and they originated from Eurasian regions. Chrysanthemums belong to the Asteraceae branch of flower family, which is one of the largest families of flowering plants with about 20,000 species.
Chrysanthemums are well suited for gardens and patio’s and can brighten up a dull driveway as well. It can be used to decorate a house terrace as well.
Chrysanthemum flavoured tea is very popular and it is mainly used as a relaxant.
They are not specific to any season as such and can be grown in almost any kind of soil but they bloom the best in sunny weather. High rainfall can be detrimental to the growth of these flowers and hence benefit from area’s that experience low rainfall during the monsoon seasons.Chrysanthemum plants flower in about three months after sowing. Chrysanthemums have a long flowering period.
Florists such as us use chrysanthemums extensively in bouquets to bright out the form and highlight the main flowers that are used in the bouquet. Bright coloured chrysanthemums can elevate any dull looking bouquet and they go well in almost any style of bouquet. Using a bunch of bright yellow or mixing bright yellow with white or pink and putting it in a vase can make for one really stunning combination bouquet and would look dainty and classy at the same time.
At May Flower you will find all different ranges of chrysanthemums, both grown nationally and imported from regions that produce different varieties and colors. If you go thru any of our sections you will see use of chrysanthemums in almost all of the bouquets that are delivered to India.