How to keep cut flowers fresher for longer in Perth’s weather
Prolonging the life of flowers is well worth the small effort. Whether you’re cutting roses from your own Perth garden, buying them fresh from the flower markets, or on the receiving end of a beautiful bouquet of peonies from your significant other, you will want them to last as long as possible.
Here is a step-by-step guide to keep your flowers for longer and looking their best in our local WA climate.
1. Buy your blooms from a florist with high product turnover, to be sure that you’re getting the freshest flowers. It’s also worth getting to know your florist as they can be a wealth of information when it comes to tips and tricks only the pros know.
2. Flowers will wilt quickly without water. If you’re out running errands, save your trip to the florist or markets until last. Once you get home, make sure you submerge the stems in fresh, clean water as quickly as possible.
3. When preparing the flowers for a vase, remove any wilted petals and leaves from the bottom of the stems. This will help keep the water clearer, and your flowers fresher.
4. Trim 3cm off each stem at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife (don’t use scissors as this can blunt the stem). If you’re willing to go the extra mile, repeat this step each day to help the flowers receive a steady flow of nutrients and water.
5. When it comes to preparing the vase itself, ensure that it has been washed in hot, soapy water. Dirty vases carry tiny microorganisms which shortens the lifespan of flowers.
6. Top up the vase each day with tap water (you’ll be amazed at how much water some flowers drink!). To keep them extra fed and happy, do as the pros do and mix a teaspoon of flower food into the water every other day. Ask your florist for a few extra packets when buying your flowers.
7. Lastly, it’s well worth keeping your blooms in the fridge (or a cooler spot) overnight, particularly if it’s mid-summer. Never keep your flowers in direct sunlight or near heaters as this can harm the delicate petals.
Buying in-season blooms are always best and often less expensive. Check out this seasonal availability chart from one of our favourite Perth florists.
We’re also pinning floral inspiration over at Pinterest, so head over and see what’s inspiring us inside the home.