Flower care tips during the hot weather
Posted on 18 July 2017
It is hot, hot, hot here in the South of the UK - with a heat wave reportedly on its way!
Unfortunately cut flowers typically have a shorter lifespan during the Summer months, purely because warm homes and sunny rooms causes flowers to wilt quicker. But follow these tips to ensure you get the best out of them for as long as possible.
✂️ Cut 2-4cm off of the flower stems with sharps sheers on a steep angle.
🌻 When cutting the stems, don't leave your flowers out of water for longer than two minutes, as this will cause the bottom to dry and encourage air bubbles. Air bubbles can make it difficult for the flowers to drink.
💐 A flower's stem breathes and absorbs moisture - not just the bottom where you've cut. So put as much water as possible in a clean vase. (Avoid using metal containers to prevent contaminating the water.)
💧 Make sure the vase is full of fresh, clean, room-temperature water, and change the water at least every other day to prevent bacteria growth.
🍔 Use the flower food provided, as this will keep bacteria at bay and help the flowers to last as long as they can. If no flower food is available, you can add a small amount of bleach and sugar to the water instead.
🍃 Remove all leaves and foliage from below the waterline to slow bacterial growth.
☀️ Flowers need to be in a cool room, out of the way of direct sunlight, and kept away from heat sources.
To help the roses in our Letterbox Bouquets travel in the heat, we have added phials of water to each stem to keep them hydrated. 💦