• Use lukewarm water for cut flowers as there is less oxygen in it, and it helps prevent air bubbles in the stem that will block water uptake. The only exception to this is spring bulb flowers like daffodils and tulips which prefer cold water
  • Make sure that you thoroughly clean your vases as any bacteria that are left inside will kill your flowers.
  • Cut stems at an angle as this gives the stem a bigger area to take up more water, and stops it resting on the bottom of the vase and sealing itself
  • Strip all leaves below the water level as they can’t take in sunlight and oxygen underwater
  • Avoid direct sunlight, heat, or draughts which can wilt your cut flower prematurely
  • Keep your cut flowers away from fruit as this can causes them to wilt faster
  • Remove faded or dead flowers as they occur in order to keep the rest of the flowers healthy
  • Refresh the water regularly and add quality flower food as required

Care for Cut Roses

  • Roses need lots of water and they need it right away so it is best to arrange your flowers as soon as possible and get them into a vase with fresh water.
  • Cut approximately 2cm from each stem while holding it under running water. Always use a sharp pair of scissors or secateurs as anything blunt risks damaging the stems and the flower’s ability to absorb water.
  • The vase you are using needs to be clean and free from bacteria. Wash it with warm soapy water and thoroughly rinse before use.
  • Use the flower food that comes with your bouquet and follow the instructions carefully. Home-made mixtures such as bleach or copper coins are rarely as effective as proper flower food.
  • Leaves, stems or thorns that fall below the water level in your vase once the flowers have been placed in it should be removed as these will cause algae and bacteria to form.
  • Roses prefer lukewarm water rather than cold water as it helps them to absorb nutrients more efficiently.
  • Changing the water every two or three days
  • Once arranged to your liking, keep your bouquet out of direct sunlight and away from cold draughts.
  • If any of the flower heads die, remove them from the bouquet – this will help to keep the rest of the bouquet healthy

Plant Care Tips

  • Most plants prefer to dry out a little between watering, so don’t overdo it. You can kill with kindness!
  • Always water your house plants from below. Stand them in a dish of water until all the water has been taken up and top up their feed regularly to keep them healthy.
  • Remember to use the correct plant food for your particular plant – some varieties require special food.
  • Plants that like high humidity need regular watering, as well as daily misting. Stand them in a saucer of damp pebbles to encourage additional localized humidity.
  • Give broad glossy leaves an occasional wipe with a cloth to help them breathe.
  • Pinching out the tips of some houseplants can encourage them to grow bushier; keeping flowering plants slightly pot-bound makes them flower more.
  • Avoid strong heat or chilly draughts. Many houseplants like to be outdoors in summer – check all frosts are over first.
  • Check your plants regularly for signs of stress, pests or disease. Remove dead leaves and flowers as they occur.

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