Studies have shown that fresh flowers in your office or home can:
In addition to the many benefits of having a display of fresh corporate flowers at reception, on your desk or in the boardroom, a vase of fresh flowers can brighten up a room, they smell great and look beautiful. The only problem is they only last for so long, so how do you keep flowers fresh for longer? Don't sweat it! We’ve put together a few tips to help you prolong the life of your flowers. Here are our best tips on how to keep your cut flowers fresh.
Get it delivered first thing in the morning, so they’re looking their best when your office opens. If your business is open from Monday to Friday, make sure your flowers are delivered first thing Monday morning to energise staff and clients when they walk into your reception.
If you want your fresh flowers to last for days, make sure your vase is clean! Bacteria can grow at amazing rates and they can live on for months even in a dry vase. It’s important to clean your vase properly before adding the flowers, otherwise the micro-organisms will kill your flowers faster.
The best way to clean your vase is with warm water and washing detergent. Scrub the inside, rinse it thoroughly and dry it before putting new flowers into the vase.
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Replace the water every second day to keep it clean, fresh and healthy. Otherwise, micro-organisms will form and grow, and reduce the lifespan of your office flowers. Just as we need clean, sanitary water to stay healthy, so do your flowers if you want them to last for days.
As flowers start to die, they emit a gas that can cause the rest of your flowers to wilt. Removing any wilted petals or leaves as they appear will help ensure your flowers last a little longer. The same goes for any plants you may have around the office.
Cut 2 cm off the stems each time you change the water to ensure the flowers can soak up as much water as possible, thus prolonging their lifespan.
Immediately after cutting the flowers, put the stems in a container of hot water (just over 40 degrees Celsius) and keep them sitting in a cool location for an hour or two. The hot water molecules move faster up the stem than cold water. The combination of these effects can provide the flowers with a huge increase in the amount of water it consumes, increasing the flower’s lifespan.
You might be tempted to put your vase of flowers near a windowsill, but this will only dry them out. Don’t put them near a heat source, or directly in the sun all day. This will only shorten their life span.
Your flowers will last longer in the office if:
You might be inclined to create a decorative arrangement with fruit and flowers, but it’s best to keep them apart. Some fruit, such as kiwi fruit, apples and bananas give off ethylene gas that will cause your beautiful flowers to wilt, brown and die more quickly.
Some florists may use a floral foam to secure flowers in place. If your floral arrangement uses a floral foam, you can still prolong the life of your flowers by topping up the water on a daily basis.
Touch the foam with your fingers, and if it’s dry, slowly pour fresh water onto the foam. The foam will absorb the water. Don’t pour water too quickly, otherwise the foam won’t be able to absorb it fast enough, resulting in water spilling over the base and making a mess on your table.
Not only is it good for you, it’s good for your flowers too. There are several methods to utalise ACV for your flowers, but an easy method is mixing 2 tablespoons each of apple cider vinegar and sugar with the vase water before adding your flowers. Vinegar has strong anti-bacterial properties that will stop germs from growing in your vase.
Make your own preservative to keep your flowers looking their best! Simply dissolve 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar per litre of warm water. When you fill the vase, ensure 7 - 10 centimeters of your cut stems are covered by the prepped water. The sugar nourishes the plant, while the vinegar inhibits bacterial growth.
There are many positive benefits to having flowers in the workplace or home, so give your flowers a little TLC to keep them looking fresh and lasting longer.