The life of a bouquet varies depending on the variety of flowers that compose it. The thicker-stemmed flowers have the property of staying beautiful longer. However, most flowers that are fresh and come from a quality florist, have a shelf life longer than a week. Some up to 15 days.
Some things are infallible, some vary in effectiveness depending on the variety of flowers involved.
- Clean your vase carefully and do not hesitate to rinse it with water and bleach to destroy micro-organisms.
- Whether your flowers come from the florist or the garden, shorten the stems by 2 cm before putting them in vase, using a pruning shears (if not, a sharp knife, but avoid scissors that tend to crush the stems) ; cut at an angle to increase the absorption area. Ideally, make this cut under a trickle of water to avoid the formation of air bubbles in the vessels of the stem.
- For flowering shrub flowers with woody twigs (eg lilac), split the stem lengthwise or crush it with a hammer to promote water penetration.
- Remove any leaves that may soak in water. Fill the vase with tap water at room temperature, possibly with added nutritious powder (often offered by the florist) or a solution for storing cut flowers, bought in a garden center.
- You can also do like our grandmothers, who added a pinch of sugar or baking soda to the water.
- Quantity of water: some flowers, such as tulips or gerberas, do not like their stem to be immersed: just put a little water in the bottom of the vase (about 5 cm) and fill the level regularly. For other flowers, including roses, fill the vase to immerse two thirds of the height of the stems.
- Install the vase away from the sun, drafts and heat, and away from the fruits (some of them produce ethylene which decreases the life of the flowers). At night, place it in a cool room if possible.
- Every 2 days, cut the end of the stems about 1.5 cm, always at an angle, because a plug tends to form at the cutoff point, which hinders the water supply of the flower. Take the opportunity to rinse the stems.
- Change the water in the vase every day, as the proliferation of bacteria in the water causes the stems to rot prematurely.