When buying a beautiful bouquet for Mom or a blooming plant, show off your smarts by sharing these handy flower care tips from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM:
Don’t Leave Fallen Leaves
Remove all leaves from the stem that fall below the waterline in the vase. This will not only keep the bouquet looking fresh, but will also help minimize the bacterial growth.
Cut to the Important Stuff
Use a knife or shears to cut an inch from the bottom of the stem while holding it under water. This allows the stem to draw in the water, instead of air.
Keep cut flowers and arrangements looking fresh by adding cool water to the vase every day. Always keep the vase full, and change the water every three to four days.
Keep It Cool
For maximum longevity, be sure to trim the stems whenever you change the water. Also, keeping the bouquet in a cool spot will help prolong the life of your Mother’s Day flowers .
Flower Care Cheat Sheet:
To keep flower arrangements vibrant and help them to last as long as possible:
To help houseplants grow:
- Always keep the vase filled with water, refilling each day as necessary
- Use the packet of flower food provided with your flowers
- Remove 1″ to 2″ of stem with a sharp knife
- If the water becomes cloudy, replace it completely, making sure to trim the stems each time.
- Keep the flowers away from direct heat sources, including the top of the TV
- Remove any leaves that fall below the water line to help prevent bacterial growth
- Certain plants need specific care; be sure to follow all of the instructions that come with your particular plant
- Check the soil to see if it is dry and in need of water
- Flowering plants generally need their soil damp at all times
- Foliage plants should be watered when the top layer of soil becomes dry
- Be careful not to over water – water only until the soil is saturated
- Use distilled or filtered water if possible; tap water sometimes contains harmful minerals
- Most plants generally need between 12 and 15 hours of light each day
- Windowsills can mean death to most plants (except cacti); the glass-magnified sunlight will scorch them
- Flowering plants flourish in a sunny room, with some direct sunlight during the day