We’ve talked to the experts to answer your flower care questions and distilled the best tips and tricks for keeping flowers fresh, especially in Singapore’s tropical climate. A little care goes a long way in extending the life of your bouquets & floral arrangements.
Unwrap Your Bouquet
Why do I need to unwrap my bouquet, you ask? The wrapping itself is lovely…Your bouquet has been carefully wrapped by the florist to protect the delicate blooms during their journey to you, or your recipient. There is enough water in the water bag to keep the blooms hydrated for only a few hours, not days. If the flowers are left without a fresh water source, they will dry up faster.
The first step in fresh flower care is to unwrap them as soon as possible. Remove every layer of paper, sponge, water bag or other material surrounding the stems, and place your bouquet in a clean vase with fresh water.
Fleurica pro-tip for fresh flower care: To retain the lovely shape of your bouquet, and overall aesthetic, leave the string that binds the flowers together. After a few days, untie and remove the string to give your flowers space to bloom fully.
Beware of Temperature Changes
Do you get a chill when you step into a blast of air-con? Your flowers do too. The constant change of temperature is not good for any of us. Florists are very conscious of this – we have been told that flowers will catch a cold if left too long in a cold room… That said flowers do prefer a cool environment. We have found that flowers also prefer a constant cool temperature, including at night. In the evening, when we turn off the living room aircon, our vase of flowers moves to the bedside table and in the morning moves back. Think of it as keeping your flowers comfortable for the night.
Avoid Direct Light
Natural light brings out the beauty of pretty much everything. Flowers look great near a window but in our tropical climate, the sun & warmth streaming through the glass heat them up. Kayly from Bucket Full Of Roses told us to “avoid direct sunlight and always store [your flowers] in a cool environment.”
Fresh Water Daily
Change the water *every* day. This is especially crucial in warm climates, where bacteria will grow in the water faster. It’s easy to forget or skip a day, but repeated experiments (by us and by florists around the IG-sphere) show that giving your cut flowers fresh water daily is paramount. Rinse out the vase, ideally, wash it briefly with dish soap, fill it up with fresh water. Repeat daily – et voila!
Fleurica Flower Care Pro Tip: Rinse and clean your vase with dish soap, especially if the vase water was cloudy. A mild bleach solution is also effective. This is to minimise bacterial growth in the water, and on the stems.
Keep Away From Fruit Bowls
How does fruit affect fresh flowers? While flowers are lovely on a table with bowls of fruit, maybe a bowl of apples, pears or bananas, these fruits emit ethylene gas, a plant hormone that ripens fruit but also speeds up the decay. Fruits such as mangoes and bananas are known to produce higher levels of ethylene than other fruit. In fact, if you’d like to ripen your fruit faster put them in a bowl with a few bananas or mangoes. But keep them away from your beautiful bouquet.
Fleurica pro-tip for fresh flower care: Keep fruit bowls, especially bananas, away from your flowers to prolong their longevity.
Trim The Stems (and leaves)
How much should I trim the stems of my bouquet? Only 1-2cm will do, just enough to get a clean cut at an angle. When you change the vase water, trim the stems (or rinse & wipe if you are worried about the height of your bouquet and trim the stems every few days instead of daily).
Do I also need remove any leaves below the water level? Yes! “Only stems should be in the water. Keep foliage out of the water to prevent rotting and bacteria growth” says Daryl, from Bloomen. Bacteria growth speeds up decay and means your flowers will start wilting earlier.
Fleurica pro-tip for fresh flower care: As the days pass, remove any flowers that are looking wilted or drooping, to keep the remaining one fresh for longer. If the stems are slimy at the ends, be sure to cut off the slimy portion cleanly, and at angle, with a sharp pair of scissors.