1. What’s your top tip for making your flowers last longer?
There are SO many things you can do to make your flowers last longer! Firstly, if they’re wrapped (especially in cellophane) remove the packaging to let your flowers breathe, it can get very humid under there…
Gently pull or snip off any excess foliage from the lower two-thirds of your stems and cut the ends at a 45° angle. This will clear the way for water to travel up the stem and hydrate the head of the flower. You also want to avoid any leaves below the water line, as this encourages flower-wilting bacteria to form. Use some standard flower food for nourishment, which should contain a little antibacterial to help to keep your water clean, too.
If a stem does go over be sure to whip it out pronto. Wilting flowers release an invisible, odourless ‘Ethylene’ gas which is totally harmless to us but can cause any remaining, healthy flowers to wilt. Fruits and vegetables are the same, and bananas are the worst offenders! So, keep your blooms away from the fruit bowl!
Flowers don’t love heat so try and place them somewhere relatively cool, or move them to a cool spot overnight. Last but not least, change the water every two days at least. It sounds like a faff, but it really is worth it — your flowers will literally last twice as long!