Easy tips and tricks for prolonging the life of your cut flowers from fellow nature lovers and floral experts Poppy Flowers.
When you feel a little low, it’s amazing what an outdoor walk can do. Studies have shown even brief exposure to nature, like touching foliage, can elicit an unconscious calming effect. That’s why we’ve partnered with Poppy Flowers on an exclusive collection of floral kits for spring – we could all use a little tranquility by bringing the outdoors in. And these floral design kits are bursting with color and texture, making them the perfect surprise gift for Mom (PSA: Mother's Day is around the corner), a fellow plant mom friend, or someone who could use a good spring pick-me-up.
Below, the Poppy Flowers team shares their top tips and tricks for prolonging the life of your cut flowers and botanical stems.
Tips for Enjoying Your Flowers
When your flowers arrive, do the following before designing them:
- Trim the stems a half inch from the bottom at a 45 degree angle. This provides more surface area for your flowers to drink from, helping them hydrate better.
- Remove all of the leaves that will fall below the waterline in your vase. If these leaves are submerged in water, bacteria can grow and your flowers will wilt more quickly.
- Let your flowers hydrate in water and flower food for 2-3 hours. This is the minimum time needed for them to perk up after their travels to you! Proper hydration is key. (Pro tip: in the off chance you did not receive flower food or accidentally threw it out, you can add a teaspoon of sugar and a drop of vodka for the same effect.)
Once hydrated, you can design your floral arrangement into one, big statement bouquet in your vase, or many mini bouquets in bud vases. Whatever fits your vibe – have fun with it! If you want to create a big bouquet, follow the tips below:
- Start with your filler flowers to build a base. Cross the stems of your filler flowers to create a lattice in your vase that will serve as the base of your arrangement.
- Now it is time to create dimension. Place your focal flowers in a wave formation, alternating high and low heights around your vase. (Pro tip: help focal flowers like roses sing with these tricks from the Poppy Flowers team.)
- Finally, add some character! Use your texture flowers to spice up this arrangement. When you are done, fill in hole with any remaining stems.
Now that your bouquet is designed, you'll want to be sure to refresh the stems with fresh water and flower food every 2-3 days. If you run out of flower food, simply use a tablespoon of simple sugar as a substitute.
Some stems will naturally die more quickly than others. As they die, be sure to remove them from your bouquet, as dead stems will emit a toxin that will cause the remaining fresh flowers to die.
And remember that unlike flowers growing in a field, your cut flowers actually don’t fare well in direct sunlight or heat. Be sure to keep them at room temperature away from a sunny window.
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