The life expectancy of cut flowers is not long – as a matter of fact, the flowers are dead the moment they are cut. You can keep them preserved by hydrating them daily and some blooms may last up to two weeks after you receive them for a Valentines Day flower delivery. Take these tips to get the most out of your flowers:
Cut the ends
Before you put them in water, cut the ends of the stems. This will allow them to freshly hydrate. Remove any water feeding tubes that are usually attached to fresh flowers and place them in cool, fresh water. Never use hot water as this will rob them of their color. Cutting the ends of the stems is the first step you need to take when it comes to preserving the life expectancy of cut flowers that you may receive in a Valentines Day flower delivery.
Use Flower Food
Most florists will include flower food that can be placed in the vase to help preserve the flowers. This is just a preservative that will make them last longer and not really a food, but it works well to keep them in bloom. Take advantage of the flower food that is included in your flower delivery.
Change Water Daily
You want to use fresh water to preserve your fresh flowers. If you change the water daily, you will find that your fresh flowers stay in bloom for a longer period of time. Cutting a bit of the stems each time can also increase their life expectancy. Taking care of your flowers on a daily basis will let them stay in bloom for much longer than if you just ignore them.
The more you look after your cut flowers that you received for Valentines Day, the longer they will last. The flowers will start to open and then dry after a few days. Keeping them in a cool environment will also extend their shelf life. After you have enjoyed the beauty of your Valentines Day flower delivery, you may wish to further care for the flowers by drying them and then using them in a dried flower arrangement.
Roses and carnations are two flowers that last the longest and can last for two weeks if you take care of them. Other flowers do not last quite as long, with the most exotic flowers being the first to die – some of them not lasting more than a week after the Valentines Day flower delivery.