Just like people, a little extra love & care can keep your flowers happy & extend their beauty and lifespan, hence your enjoyment.
All flowers are different - some will last longer than others. Pinch off fading blossoms or remove the stems to keep your bouquets and arrangements looking fresh and lovely.
Flesh cut flowers are living things, and DO NOT like:
- Bacteria - It's like an infection - it weakens the flower and shortens it's life. Keep water fresh, clean and free of leaves and other debris.
- Extremes in temperature - Just like Goldilocks, flowers don't like things too hot or too cold. "Just right" is between 65 and 72 degrees farenheit, away from direct sunlight, heating and cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or near televisions or radiators which give off heat.
- Blocked passageways - Flowers get water and nutrition through their stems. If they are blocked or dried out they can not get what they need. Keep the stems in water and give them a fresh cut regularly, preferably under water (when they get a fresh cut, they "take a deep breath." If this "breath" is water, it is what they need and want, and will make them happy. If the "breath" is air, it will cause a little bit of blockage. They are just the opposite of us when we suck in a little bit of water.)
- Bad air - For flowers this means ethylene gas which is released from ripening fruit. This ages the flowers prematurely.
All plants have different needs based on their variety, environment and the season. Follow the care instructions on any tag that comes with your plant, get information from the National Gardening Associatin's website at www.garden.org/plantguide, or call us if you have any questions or need additional information.