Top tips for fresher looking flowers

Follow our six easy tips to keep your cut flowers looking fresher for longer . . . .

Cut flowers are still very much alive when you buy them and some varieties, such as tulips, can continue to grow up to 2" after they have been cut so if you don't feed them and give them fresh water they will die and quickly - just like any other living organism.

1. Change your water every two to three days . . . .

Flowers drink a lot of water!!! A large bouquet can easily empty a vase full of water within the first day. Flowers are very susceptible to bacteria, which can build up inside the vase and the stem - you will have noticed that rotting smell when flowers are left in the same water for any length of time - by changing the water and topping it up regularly you will increase their life considerably.

2. Trim the stems using sharp scissors . . . .

After flowers have been cut and taken away from their water source the stems dry out and the cells in the stem die making it very difficult for the flowers to absorb water. By re-cutting the stems you remove the damaged cells and create a surface that is able to absorb the water again - if you cut them at an angle you increase the surface area and their ability to survive longer. Always use sharp scissors to give a clean cut and that way you will avoid damaging the cells at the end of the stem which would reduce the uptake of water.

3. Keep YOUr flowers away from heat and bright lights . . . .

It is so tempting to put your flowers in a sunny spot but if you do you will reduce their life considerably, flowers in sunlight mature and open very quickly and move to the next phase of their life whereas flowers kept in a cool dark spot will last so much longer as the process has not been accelerated by heat and light.

4. Keep your flowers away from your fruit & vegetables . . . .

Ethylene is an invisible gas given off by ripening fruit & vegetables, harmless to humans but devastating to flowers. It's all down to mother nature - once a flower is pollinated it begins the process of developing fruit and seeds and they drop their petals to ensure the flower's energy is redirected into making the fruit and seeds - so if you stand your lovely flowers next to your fruit bowl you are very likely to find a table full of petals in the morning.

5. Clean your vases . . . .

Bacteria love dirty vases so don't be tempted to throw one lot of flowers away and put the next lot straight in. Wash your vase either in a dishwasher or with a few drops of bleach - the bleach won't harm the flowers but will kill unwanted bacteria.

6. Feed your flowers . . . .

Flowers love to be fed and the little sachets of food you often get with a bouquet of flowers are fab, especially if you're not great at changing the water. This is because they contain an anti bacterial to help make the flowers last longer but to be honest there's no substitute to giving them regular fresh water.

There are lots of wives tales about food for flowers and if they work for you great - keep doing it. In our opinion nothing beats regular fresh water and a splash of bleach to keep the bacteria away whatever you do we hope these tips will help you enjoy your blooms just that little bit longer ..............