Flower Care Tips – 8 Tips

Care tip 1: Always provide a clean vase and fresh water

A clean vase is essential in extending the shelf life of your flowers. Cut flowers that mainly come from the heated greenhouse are very sensitive to dirt. Fresh (and preferably lukewarm) water in a clean vase is therefore the best basis!

Care tip 2: Provide good cut flower food

Modern cut flower food products are essential for a long-lasting bouquet. We only work with original Chrysal products. In our basement, the water supply system has been replaced and a feed pump has been installed by Chrysal for the best results. Subsequently, we only buy flowers at the auction from growers who also use the correct certified ecological and biological nutrients and/or treatment.

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Modern cut flower food products have an antibacterial function and ensure that the water remains cleaner and the flowers are not contaminated.

Care tip 3: Remove excess leaves that end up in the water

For the simple reason that leaves will rot on the stem if they hang in the water for too long. This speeds up the process of bacterial growth and results in quickly dirty water and unhappy flowers. In Denmark they started removing leaves in the middle ages 

Tip: Are you looking for a beautiful bouquet for family, friends or acquaintances in Denmark? Then it’s better to cut off the excess leaves before you send it to family or friends. These flowers are called ‘’fødselsdags blomster’’ or ‘’friske blomster’’.

Care tip 4: Make sure the stems can absorb water

You hear our employees say it as standard: “cut or cut all flowers well at an angle”.

You should see it this way: until you put the flowers in your home, the flowers are cut fresh from the nursery, stored in conditioned conditions at the nursery and at the auction, after which they are transported to the kiosk, in other words: the temperature changes become a minimum and the water requirement is small. Until then, it is sufficient to cut the flowers straight. The moment the temperature increases, the moisture in the flowers evaporates faster with the result that the quality deteriorates unless they get enough water.

To ensure that the flowers in your home can absorb enough water, we therefore recommend cutting or cutting the stems at an angle again. This increases the “drinking” surface of the wound, allowing more water to flow to the flower when the ambient temperature rises.

Always use a sharp knife or sharpened garden shears. Blunt tools, but also ordinary kitchen scissors often cause bruised stems, so that no water can be absorbed.

Today there are specialty flower cutters on the market that do exactly what is recommended above. It is up to you to decide which tool you prefer to work with.

Care tip 5: Make sure there is enough space in the vase

Stems that are pushed very tightly together underwater in the vase can become tainted, with the result that the flower receives less water than it needs. Prevent this by using a vase that offers enough water space for the amount of stems in the bouquet. With a bouquet, the stems may be tied tightly at first sight, but this is a proven technique that distributes the pressure evenly over the stems. A little tight tie is not a problem, but don’t “stuff” your flowers in a vase that is too tight.

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Care tip 6: Refresh the water in your vase in time

If you’ve already read the tips above, you’ll know why topping up with fresh water daily is fine. After approximately 5 vase days, remove the bouquet from the vase and clean the vase again and cut or cut the flowers again. In any case, realize that you always cut the stems diagonally again if you have dried the flowers temporarily or accidentally. The stems dry very quickly.

Care tip 7: Remove wilted flowers or weak stems in time

As the days go by, some series blooming flowers will begin to bloom. It is best to remove these flowers immediately. You should also remove any solitary flowers that have finished blooming. Your bouquet will not only be more beautiful, the flowers will also appreciate it: the chance of contamination is reduced!

Care tip 8: Keep your flowers away from direct sunlight and heat

Although flowers and plants in your garden can enjoy some sun, cut flowers are no longer able to recover from sun damage: they no longer receive natural sap flows with their own specific nutrition from their own root system. Sunlight is now only a factor that ensures that the flowers open. The more sunlight, the faster this will happen. Would you like to enjoy those beautiful roses for a long time? Then make sure they stay away from that sun!