Flower arrangements are created using some type of container that is filled with fresh water
that will continuously provide water that replenishes the petals and stems. Keep in mind that the container size and the number of stems will determine how often you will need to add water and how long your flowers will last. A larger container allows for more water but also helps keep the bacteria levels in check. Harmful bacteria levels do affect your flowers, so maintaining enough water in the container will keep the bacteria levels in check until the water is replaced. That is why it is so important to add water every day to your flowers. If your flowers are in a warm place, your water will become a great place for the bacteria to breed. So Ideally keep your flowers in a cool location with plenty of water.
Rose Care Tips
From the time we receive our roses in our store, we begin a careful process that insures our roses continue to last long after they are delivered from our store. So much effort that goes into the selection process of our roses, to the handling of our roses in our store. It only makes sense to share some tips to help our customers keep their roses looking fresh and long-lasting after they receive them.
Roses drink lots of water.
Roses need plenty of water in order to continue to nourish the petals of the rose. It starts from the moment they are received from the growers and are unpacked from their shipping boxes. One of the first things we do is clear away any extra greens that could contaminate the water that the roses are placed in. We then carefully cut the stems at an angle, giving the rose stem a large opening that allows the water and nutrients to flow up the stem. This first process is the most important part and if the rose is not handled correctly it can contribute to problems later on when the rose is used in the arrangement. Re-cuting the stem just before adding the rose to the arrangement, and this insures that a continued supply of water is feeding the petals. It is important to keep plenty of water in the vase for your roses because they drink water continuously and if they don't have the water the rose will not survive very long. Adding water at least once a day is needed to keep the ends of the roses submerged under the water and keeps the bacteria levels In check. ****This means that if you leave your roses at the office over the weekend chances are they will not make it until Monday morning.****
Bacteria kills the rose faster
As your roses sit inside their glass vase, and you continue to add water every day, you may notice the water starting to get murky and this usually starts to appear after 2 to 3 days. This is a sign that the bacteria levels have begun to rise in the water and the best way to handle this problem is to remove the bacteria by replacing the water with fresh clean water. You can do this by placing your arrangement inside your sink and running the water directly into the vase, allowing the water to be flushed out. It is very important to keep the roses in water during this process, however if you feel the stems have been out of the water too long it's a good idea to re cut the stems before placing them into the fresh water. This helps keep the flow of water in the stem, which will continue to help your roses last as long as possible. Be sure to add your packet of flower food that you received with your roses to give your roses the nutrients they need.
Keep away from Heat and Direct Sunlight.
Keeping your roses in a cool place is also a way to increase the life of your roses. Exposing your roses to direct sunlight and heat will increase the amount of water the roses will drink and increase the bacteria levels in the water.