Tips On Caring For Your Valentine's Day FlowersWritten by Gerry Belvedere
With Valentine's Day just around corner, we thought this would be a great time to share a few tips on caring for cut flowers.
Imagine it's Valentine's Day and you've just received a glorious bunch of roses. You put them in your best vase and you stand back to admire them. You'd love to make them last as long as you possibly can, but other than keeping them out of direct sunlight, you're not sure what to do.
Here are some tips on how to extend shelf life of your roses:
1. Remove roses from vase and put them in a temporary container.
2. Clean vase by washing it thoroughly in water with household bleach.
3. Fill vase with fresh water and add a half teaspoon of household bleach for each litre (16 fluid ounces) of water.
How To Check If Cut Flowers Are FreshWritten by Gerry Belvedere
Fresh flowers should feel crisp or firm. Before you buy, run your hand under flower heads from stem to petal tip. Proceed gently under petals so as not to bruise them.
If flower vendor objects, give them a withering look and enquire in a loud voice, "Are these flowers fresh?"
If flowers feel soft, cool or damp, don't buy them.
Keep testing other bunches until you find a good one. Often there are only one or two bunches older than others. Look and listen. Really fresh flowers will make a soft rustling sound as you stroke them.