I’m sure you’ve all noticed that winter is here ! Personally I HATE winter a LOT!!

 However, winter does bring back a few of our fav blooms.

With proper care and attention, you can still enjoy gorgeous flowers even during the chilly winter months .

In this blog post, we will give you some essential tips and tricks to help you care for cut flowers and keep them fresh and vibrant throughout the winter.

Selecting Fresh Flowers:

When purchasing cut flowers during winter, (and all other times really) choose those that are in their prime. Look for firm buds and vibrant petals, ensuring that you start with the freshest blooms possible.

Preparing the Stems:

Before placing your flowers in a vase, it’s crucial to trim the stems. Cut about an inch from the bottom of each stem at a 45-degree angle. This allows for better water absorption and prevents the stems from sitting flat at the bottom of the vase. However if you have bought your flowers from a florist this most likely will have been done at time of purchase so no need to do again for a few days

Protect from Drafts:

During the winter, it’s important to keep your cut flowers away from drafts or heating vents. Sudden changes in temperature can cause the flowers to wilt more quickly. Find a cool area in your home, away from direct sunlight, to ensure the blooms stay fresh for longer.

Even at home if we have the fire cranked I move flowers to somewhere cooler to ensure I get the longest time possible out of my blooms.

Regular Water Changes:

Check the water in the vase daily and change it every two to three days, or whenever it becomes cloudy. As you change the water, make sure to recut the stems to maintain their ability to absorb water effectively.

There are some flowers that need more frequent water changes.

ie Stock is the first that comes to mind. One of my fav flowers for sure but my god the water stinks if not changed regularly!!

 

Remove Wilting Flowers:

Removing any wilting flowers or drooping petals promptly is essential. Decaying flowers release ethylene gas, which speeds up the aging process of the remaining blooms. By removing the wilted flowers, you can prolong the freshness and beauty of the rest of the arrangement. Also make sure there is no foliage in the water as this also breeds bacteria.

Keep Away from Ripening Fruits:

Avoid placing your cut flowers near ripening fruits, as fruits release ethylene gas as they mature. This gas can cause your flowers to deteriorate faster. Ensure your flowers are kept away from fruit bowls or other areas where fruits are stored. Buying flowers from the servo is not ideal either because of the gas emissions.

 

My fav winter bloom

Tulips!!

Let’s talk about tulips. I often get people say they don’t last.

I have to say I strongly disagree with that!

Tulips are one of the few flowers that continue to grow after cutting and as a result can become quite lanky and sometimes they will fall over. I actually quite like the look of tulips when they do this. I find tulips usually last about 2 weeks at home.

If you don’t like that look though you can easily cut a good couple of cm’s off the bottom of the stems every few days or you can blue pill them. ūüėā. To be honest I’m joking (about the blue pill) but if you have any handy you can try.

 

Til next time
Vicki X