Every florist knows how to take care of their flowers but unfortunately, not every customer does… In this article, we will do some myth-busting, flower myth-busting to be correct. Because everyone wants to prevent their flowers from dying an early death.
1. Add sugar/lemonade to the vase water
A lot of people believe that sugar is great flower food, well it isn’t. Same goes for lemonade. It’s only an extra source of bacteria which you want the flowers to stay away from. Just stick with cut flower food, this contains every nutrient that your flowers need.
2. Add bleach
Although bleach prohibits the growth of bacteria and is of help with damaged stems people just use too much of it. Only a small drop is sufficient. But just to be safe: stay away from bleach.
3. Bash the stems in with a hammer
This is 100% a myth. Our in-house florists cringe everytime this myth is brought up. By bashing in the stems you are actually damaging the stem cells which prevents the flowers from absorbing all the nutrients and water.
4. Place the flowers in the sun
We all love a bit of sun and warmth, flowers as well. The only downside is that they like this a bit too much, which speeds up the opening time of the flowers. Which in turn shortens the vase life. So keep the flowers in a cool environment. If you have a special event for which the flowers should be in full bloom for you could place them in the sun to speeds things up.
5. Remove all the leaves/thorns
This is partially true. It’s best to remove all leaves that would end up below the water line in a vase. By doing this you will prevent rotting and extra bacteria in the water. BUT be sure to keep the rest of the leaves and thorns. The leaves only improve the water uptake and make a bouquet/arrangement look nicer. If you cut off the thorns you will create little ‘wounds’ which will contaminate the vase water.
6. Add a penny to the vase water
Copper does have anti-bacterial properties, but copper pennies don’t dissolve in water. So adding pennies to the water does not have any positive effects on the vase life of the flowers, only negative. Because pennies (and other coins) contain a lot of bacterias.
Now we have busted some cringeworthy myths it is time to give some useful flower care tips:
- Use cut flower food. This contains everything that your flowers need.
- Use a clean vase and clean tap water.
- Change the water on a regular basis. It’s best to change the water every 2 days. Even if you don’t have any flower food left. It’s better to have your flowers in clean and clear water than in dirty water with flower food. Always throw out the old vase water before adding fresh water.
- Keep the flowers away from the fruit bowl. Tiny bits of ethylene gas is released by fruit which in turn ages your flowers at a faster rate.
If you follow these easy rules you should be able to enjoy your flowers for as long as possible!