Valentine’s Flowers

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Just in case you receive a surprise bunch, here’s how to make them last.

If your partner buys you flowers regularly, or if you’re going to buy Valentine’s flowers yourself, we’ve some great advice on how to care for them and stop them looking sad.

Choose the right vase

Heavier flower arrangements should be kept in a short vase and should have short stems, giving the flowers more room as they bloom. A lighter selection of flowers can be placed in a taller vase. They take up less room as they grow.

Use the flower food provided

Most cut flowers come with a packet of flower food which a lot of people tend to disregard. Fill up the vase and add the sachet into the water. If your flowers don’t come with flower food you can make your own at home. Mix together two tablespoons of lemon juice, one tablespoon of sugar and half a teaspoon of bleach for every litre of water. This will slow down bacteria growth and keep your flowers fresh for longer.

Keep the flowers away from heat

You may think placing cut flowers near sunlight is best for their growth but actually, cut flowers thrive in a cooler environment. Avoid keeping them anywhere in your home that gets too warm and humid.

Change the water every other day

Bacteria thrives in stale water so it’s important to change the water every other day to keep it fresh and get the most out of your flowers.

Don’t forget to wash the vase

Each time you change the water in your vase, you’ll also want to give it a really good clean with warm soapy water. Don’t forget to give it a good rinse to ensure all of the soapy residue is off before putting your flowers back in.

Cut your flowers properly

One of the biggest mistakes people make is not cutting stems properly. Make sure you have a sharp knife or secateurs and cut the stem at a 45 degree angle each time you replace the water in the vase. This angle will provide the stem with the largest surface area possible, meaning it can absorb more water.

Clean up foliage below water level

It’s important to keep the water in your vase clean so you should clean up any foliage that is on the stems below water level. Leaving foliage in the water could cause it to rot which will harm your flowers.

For more top tips and gardening advice head to GardeningExpress.co.uk

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