Caring For Flowers

Whether you recently received a bouquet or are new to gardening, Florist Vaucluse can help. Flowers remind us of the color and happiness in life. If you want to enjoy your flowers longer, start with Step 1 below or see the parts above.

  1. Vase/Cut Flowers

Frequently change the water. Flowers wilt quickly from waterborne bacteria. Daily water changes protect cut flowers. Ice water before adding flowers.

Water-purify. Water treatment prevents bacterial growth. Two tablespoons of sugar, ACV, or a penny will preserve flowers. A little bleach prevents bacteria growth and clears vase water.

Stems count. Freshening flower stems requires varied procedures. Daily water changes are the best time to trim stems at a 45° angle. Also, consider:

Split lilac stems’ bottom inch. Water is absorbed.

Sear poinsettia flower stalks. Milk alters bouquet flowers. Daffodils give milk, but searing won’t work, so avoid bouquets.

Fill dahlia stems. Submerge the stem and plug the hole. They’ll stand taller.

Not duplicate Cut flowers fade faster in hot or cold temperatures. Put them somewhere cool.

Warmer weather favors some blooms. Tropical flowers need a warm climate.

Leaf-prune. Below the water line, remove leaves, flowers, and branches. They promote bacterial growth in water.

Use tools. Cut plants using shears. These for paper can inhibit plant water absorption. Sharpen garden implements.

Preserves. Add Floral Life to water to give cut flowers nourishment. It prolongs cut-flower life.

  1. Potted Flowers

Best pot. You need a draining pot. Plastic or resin won’t absorb plant water.

Correct soil. Lacking water circulation, potted plants need nutrient-rich soil. Compost potting soil.

Bugs and mold to watch. Outdoor and indoor plants sometimes have pests and mold. They lack environmental counterbalances. Moldy soil should be replaced. Fix pest problems before they harm flowers.

Sunflowers. Sunlight affects flowers. Place containers so flowers get ample water. When placing the pot, consider the light angle, time of day, and direction of the sunshine (don’t put a sun-loving flower in front of any window). If there’s no daylight, use fluorescent lighting.

Fertilize. Fertilize a struggling plant. A nursery has good products.

Deadheading encourages more blooms. Pinching off wilted or undesirable blooms helps boost flowering (such as those growing under the plant).

Regularly water. Check soil moisture daily and water plant as needed. Temperature, natural rainfall, soil type, and plant type affect flower watering.

Adjust pot size. Consider repotting your plant. Check the drains. Roots require a larger pot.

  1. Bedded Flowers

Pest-proof. Wildlife loves outside flowers. Build a portable greenhouse to protect your flowers.

Some flowers love the sun, others shade. Sun lovers should use the sunny side, shadow lovers the gloomy.

Grassweeds. Weeds diminish blooming flowers’ resources. Obviously. You might not be vigilant. A daily or twice-daily wedding is best. Remove weeds. Grab everything.

Reduce. Remove wilting flowers, dead branches, and excess flowers. This helps your plant flourish.

Plant and transplant carefully. You want frost-resistant plants. When planting and transplanting, avoid extreme temperatures.

Mix easy-care and fussy blooms. No flowers will get the care they require in a high-maintenance environment. Mix easy-care and high-maintenance flowers for thriving blooms.

Frequently water plants. Overwatering rots flowers. They may die if submerged. Know your bloom’s needs.

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