Buy flowers from a reputable
outlet, and choose blooms with firm petals or with buds that
show a degree of colour to ensure the flowers will develop fully.
Ensure the flowers are well wrapped for protection
and, if the flowers are to be kept out of water for some hours,
ask the florist to cover the stem ends with damp paper, or even
to "aquapack" them in their own water `pod'.
Ask for cut flower food
if it is not already supplied. This contains the correct
ingredients to a) feed the flowers properly, b) keep bacteria at
bay (which blocks the stem and stops water uptake), c) encourage
buds to open, d) lengthen the life of the flowers. Snipping the
corner off a one-dose sachet and adding it to the vase water is
simple and effective - and scientifically tested to make your flowers
Use lukewarm water - there's
less oxygen in it, and helps prevent air bubbles in the stem
that will block water uptake. It also encourages some flowers to
open up. The only exception to this is spring bulb flowers like
daffodils and tulips which prefer cold water.
Use thoroughly clean vases
- bacteria kills flowers.
Cut stems at an angle.This
gives the stem a bigger area to take up more water, and stops it
resting on the bottom of the vase and sealing itself.
Follow the care and conditioning
stages outlined below to prolong the life and beauty of the
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