When you treat yourself or someone you love to a beautiful hand-tied gift bouquet, you want the blooms to look their best for as long as possible. People often ask me how they can make cut flowers last longer, so today I’m sharing a few floristry secrets in the form of a simple, step-by-step guide. Read on to discover how to care for your gift bouquet…
How to Make Cut Flowers Last Longer
- When you receive your gift bouquet, carefully remove all the packaging.
- Your flowers will have been hand-tied and secured with string. If you would like to keep the bouquet’s shape, leave this in place. Alternatively, you can remove the string and arrange the stems yourself.
- Make sure the vase you’re using for your flowers has been thoroughly cleaned with hot water and a tiny drop of bleach. This will neutralize any bacteria and help keep your flowers alive for longer.
- Using clean scissors, cut 2cms off the base of each stem at a 45-degree angle.
- Gently remove any leaves that will fall below the water line. As they decompose, they can contaminate the water and shorten the life of your blooms.
- Place the flowers in your vase and check you’re happy with the length of the stems. Fill the vase with fresh water until it’s 3/4 full.
- Leave your bouquet in a cool position away from heating, sunlight, draughts and ripening fruit.
- Add fresh water daily. After a day or two, you may want to change the water completely, cleaning the vase before refilling.
- Some flowers can be harmful if consumed. Lilies, both the petals and pollen, can be extremely toxic to cats, so make sure you keep your bouquet out of reach from pets and children.
Seasonal Gift Bouquets
You can order beautiful, seasonal gift bouquets directly via my online shop. Each bouquet is carefully wrapped in layers of tissue paper, finished with a handwritten note and presented in a gift bag.