What are the best rules for cut flowers?
Here are the best practices for caring for cut flowers:
- Use fresh tap water
- Always use a clean vase
- Consumer research has shown that the minimum vase size is 1 quart (32 onces)
- Do not use metal or antique crystal vases; if you do, use an acid resistant liner
- Ensure that you have enough flower food for the size of the vase
- Carefully follow the package directions
- Remove leaves below the rim of the vase
- Damage the stem as little as possible
- Remove thorns only if necessary
- Cut at least 1 inch off the stem
- Always use a sharp knife so not to damage the stem.
- Cut the stems at an angle to prevent damaging and flattening of the stem
- Give flowers that arrive wilted a chance to re-hydrate in their packaging, in water, in a cool, dark place for several hours
- Remove wilted or damaged flowers and flowers with Botrytis
- Do not spray water on buds and flowers as this increases the chance of botrytus
- Flowers do not like drafts, direct sunlight, proximity to a heater, smoke and the gasses of ripening fruits!
- Top off with the same type of flower food you initially used.