Want those beautiful flowers to last for the entire Yom Tov?
Flowers are living things, so yes, the little things you do to take care of them make a difference. Here’s how to make ‘em last.
*Always use warm clean water as most flowers take in the warm water more efficiently than cold.
*Before placing the flowers in a vase, cut the stem at an angle removing at least an inch of them. Cutting at an angle opens more stem area for hydration. Always make sure to use a sharp knife or scissors.
*Drop a few copy pennies in the water to keep your tulips standing up right.
*Always remove foliage from stem that’s below the waterline. Leaves that sitting in water will deteriorate and rot, causing the water to have bacteria and fungi, making the flowers die to earlier.
*Change water every day or two. Make sure to clean your case out with soapy water or it will still have bacteria in it.
*Use flower food if the flowers come with it. “While changing the water every other day or so is often just as effective for making flowers last longer, adding those flower food packets that come with packaged flowers are beneficial as well. This is especially true if you’re forgetful/lazy and won’t be changing your flowers’ water regularly. In addition to “feeding” the bouquet, these food packets contain a bactericide that keeps the water fresh for a day or two longer. You can make your own flower food by adding about 1 teaspoon of sugar, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and a 1 teaspoon of bleach to your vase before adding about a quart of warm tap water.”
*Keep flowers out of direct sunlight and heat source. Keep them away from a fans as well.
If you’re making an arrangement at home, the above tips apply:
*If you are using the green sponges (oasis), make sure it sits in a bucket of water for at least 20 minutes; you want to make sure it’s wet to the core. Then add a drop more water once it’s placed in the vase.
*If you’re using regular water to fill the vase, make sure all the tips of the stems are in the water generously. It’s a four day yom tov.
*Fill water 1/3 full fresh room temperature water
*Add flower food
*Before you put in the vase, Recut flowers after you buy them.
For Roses and Hydrangeas:
*Cut the stem at an angle and then cut a little from bottom up.
*Make sure the stem is covered with water by at least 3-4 inches.
I always had a passion for flowers since I was young. My mother use to do wedding flowers and I used to go along with her sometimes. That’s where I learned some of my techniques. My new shop, Posie, is a flower boutique located in Lakewood, NJ. See Posie creations on Instagram @posiefloraldesign or call/email 347-755-4101 and Hennyweiser@gmail.com.