Friday, July 19, 2013

How to Care for Cut Flowers

Ohh, I'm delighted to see my cut orchids in the office are still looking fresh and beautiful for a week now.  I have another pot of cut orchids at home which looks as radiant as this.  According to our resident florist, yeah we have one in the office, cut orchids can last up to 3 weeks if properly cared for.

For any type, here's a quick & simple guide to care for cut flowers.

  1. Choose an appropriate clean vase and fill it with fresh, room temperature water. 
  2. Add a drop or 2 of disinfectant to the water, depending on the pot size. (I use basic Clorox)
  3. Remove any foliage & flower that will be below the level of water in your vase. This will help discourage bacteria growth and increase the life expectancy or your flowers.
  1. Cut the flower stem at a 45-degree angle when fully submerged in a bowl of water using a sharp knife, pruner or scissors. Flower stems can be cut to varying lengths, depending on the type and height of the vase. Cutting it at a 45-degree angle will ensure that they have plenty of surface area to absorb water and that they don't sit flat on the bottom of the vase.  I prefer tall glass vase with most of my cut flowers but for orchids, I used a round low glass vase.

  1. Maintain proper water level in your vase by topping it off every day. 
  2. Change the water every 2-3 days.
Have a beautiful weekend!  Keep smiling.

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  1. Thank you for these tips. :) They'll come in handy since I'm quite talented in dramatically reducing cut flowers/plants' lifespan.

  2. lovely orchids
    this is really a helpful tip, i'll share this with my mom


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