Spring Flowers

By September 12, 2017Blog

Spring is in the air!
We recently had the chance to provide The Home Magazine with some of our top tips for buying, and caring for, spring flowers.

Tulips
One of our personal favourites.

Tips when purchasing:

  • Make sure the tulips are in bud
  • Ensure the colour is strong
  • Don’t buy if their foliage is yellowing

Tips for home:

  • Remove any leaves below the water line
  • Cut the stems
  • Place in water
  • Once tulips have been cut they will continue to grow, if you don’t want this, pierce the top of the stem about 2cm from the flower head with a pin
  • No need for preservative, however, you can add a splash of household bleach to the water
  • These tips will make your Tulips last 7 days!

Hydrangeas
An oldie, but an absolute beauty.

Tips when purchasing:

  • Some flowers in the bunch need to be open
  • Look for strong colour
  • Foliage should be strong and green
  • Ensure there are no brown on the flower heads

Tips for home:

  • Remove any foliage below the water line
  • Cut stems 2-3cm
  • Lightly crush the tips of the stems (this helps them to drink)
  • Place in water with preservatives
  • Lightly mist with water
  • These tips will make your Hydrangeas last up to 10 days!

Daffodils
To most people the Daffodil is a welcomed sign that spring is nearly here.

Tips when purchasing:

  • Buy when most the flowers are in bud and showing good colour
  • Look for stems that have at least one open flower

Tips for home:

  • If you are creating a floral arrangement with other flowers first separate stems into their own vase of water for 3-4 hours to get rid of the sap as it will kill your other flowers
  • If you are putting Daffodils with Anemones, Carnations, Freesias, Tulips or Roses then leave them in separate water for 24 hours
  • If you are arranging on their own just recut the stems 2 – 3cm and put in a vase of fresh water
  • Wash your hands if you come in contact with the sap as it can cause irritation
  • These tips will make your daffodils last 5 – 7 days!

Peony
A flower loved by everyone but yet we only get to enjoy it for a short time.

Tip when purchasing:

  • Buy when the buds are showing colour
  • Ensure foliage is not damaged
  • Check to make sure stems are crispy and clean

Tips for home:

  • Recut the stems 2-3cm
  • Remove any foliage that sits beneath the water line
  • Place in a conditioning solution for 3-4 hours
  • Prepare your vase with fresh water and a splash of bleach (this prevents bacteria)
  • If the peonies start to wilt you can revive them by placing the stems in boiling water for 30 seconds
  • These tips will make your Peonies last up to 14 days!
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