How do I care for my fresh flowers?
Cut Flowers– If you receive or buy a bouquet of flowers the first thing you should do is fill a vase full of water for your flowers. Add flower food provided, then cut every flower stem then put the bouquet into the vase. Change the water every 2 days or so. By doing so the flowers stay fresher for longer and cleaning the vase stops bacteria from growing.
Different types of flowers:
Gerbera- Only fill the vase with about 5cm of water as gerberas do not like lots of water, fill up with water whenever needed and cut stems when changing the vase. Gerberas have porous stems, this means the are prone to becoming weak if they are exposed to a large amount of water.
Orchids- If wilting prematurely soak in tepid water for about 10-15 minutes and cut stems while fully submerged. Orchids prefer the water to be Luke-warm but not scorching hot. If possible cut the stems under water and then place straight into a fresh vase. Be sure to not cut an orchid on a node. A node is a lump on the stem, it looks like a joining area. If cut on the node the flower stem can’t drink as a node acts like a seal. When trimming cut above or below a node not directly on top.
Roses- Lots of cold water into a vase. The vase should be filled over half way but have no greenery in the water as that causes bacteria. If you have used all of you flower food sachet, just add a tea spoon of bleach to the water as this will kill any bacteria that wants to grow but it is not enough to harm your flowers.
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What do different roses mean?
Red – Love,
Pink – Gratitude,
Orange – Desire,
Yellow – Friendship,
White – Purity,
Purple – Enchantment
Combinations of roses can also show different feelings and emotions:
Red and White – Unity
Red and Yellow – Jovial happiness
Pink and White – Forever love
Orange and Yellow – Passionate thoughts
Pale colors – Sociability and friendship