Making cut flowers last longer is tricky task, they are fickle beasts after all! Often times, even with the utmost care, you’ll find the petals wilt too quickly. You’ve probably already tried a few tricks, like regularly changing the water out and keeping it away from heat sources, with varying levels of success… It is for this reason that Batmaid has set out to find out what exactly you can do to keep those flowers fresh longer!
Here are our top 5 tips to keep your cut flowers alive longer, by recreating their natural habitats:
Don’t cut the stems of the flowers too short
Each type of flower has a natural stem length allowing it to absorb the necessary amount of nutrients it needs to develop. Try, then, to keep the stem as close to the original as possible, which will allow it to properly feed itself. If one of your flower stems starts to turn brown, remember to cut it at an angle about 3cm above the afflicted area. Use a sharp utensil when doing so to ensure a clean cut and avoid crushing the stem.
Cut off any leaves that come into contact with the water
For aesthetic reasons, florists will sometimes decide to leave leaves that are lower down the stem intact. Before you place your bouquet into a vase filled with water, ensure that you remove any leaves that would find themselves submerged. The reason for this is that as those leaves decompose in the water, they contaminate the water for the rest of the flowers and cause them to die. Be careful not to cut all the leaves, as the flower needs them to absorb the sun’s energy and feed itself.
Place the flowers in an opaque vase
Using an opaque vase will prevent the sun’s rays from altering the temperate and PH of your water, which will render it more balanced. Speaking of vases, you should try to use an oval shaped vase, as it will be able to contain enough water to feed your flowers whilst keeping them upright.
Feed cut flowers naturally
While in their natural habitats, flowers require a multitude of nutrients. The most important of which are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
- Nitrogen is very important during the growth phase of the flowers and helps the foliage to develop.
- Phosphorus helps plants to develop their roots, flowers and fruits.
- Potassium promotes better sap circulation and helps the plant to absorb nutrients from the soil.
Once the flower blooms, it no longer requires nitrogen. From that point onwards it will only need phosphorus and potassium. The good news is that these nutrients can be found very easily in your compost waste. For example, bananas and avocados are naturally both rich in phosphorus and potassium.
To make cut flowers last longer, you can replace the water in your vase with the following natural mixture:
- Add a liter of water, leftover bio bananas and avocado* cuttings to a saucepan.
- Cover the pan and heat the water until it begins to boil, then take it off the heat.
- Allow the mixture to stew, stirring it occasionally until it cools down to room temperature.
- Your mixture is ready! Strain it out and pour it into your vase.
*If you don’t have any banana or avocado waste, you can check out the nutrients contained within your compost at aprifel.com. Any other organic fruit or vegetable that is naturally rich in phosphorus and potassium but low in nitrogen can be used.
Move the bouquet to a cool place at night
Just as your flowers need natural light during the day, they also need a cooled environment during the night. Try to remember to put them outside on summer evenings or in a cooler part of your house the rest of the year.
So, there you have it, you can now make cut flowers last a few more days using natural means thanks to these Batmaid tips.
Do you have any tips for keeping flowers alive for longer? Let us know!