Hey guys! Did you all survive Valentine’s Day? We did here–but, just barely. 😉 It looks like a tornado went through the shop and took just about everything with it. We made it almost the whole way through the day without running low on things–but, as the day got late we, inevitably, started running low. (After all of our years in business we’ve gotten really good at ordering the right amount of flowers. Ordering flowers, in mass quantity, ahead of time can be tough though–despite all our practice. It’s like if you had to order a bunch of fresh fruit ahead of a big picnic, though you weren’t sure just how many people would be showing up. You’d order lots, but you know that any extra will go bad shortly. So, you order what you think you’ll need, based on past picnics, but then more, and more, and MORE people show up. It’s kinda like that. Eventually, you just have to tell the folks who show up late to the picnic that the fruit is out.) If you called us late on Valentine’s Day, and the phones just kept ringing–we apologize, yet are confident that you understand. (We also hope you were able to find someone else to help you out with your Valentine’s Day needs. 🙂 ) Next year, just give us a quick call the day before Valentine’s Day to make sure you aren’t, frantically, trying to track flowers down late in the day. (So, call us on Tuesday, February 13th. Put it in your calendar now. 🙂 )
As for today though, we thought we’d share some of our best tips for keeping flowers you may have right now, extra fresh, for as long as possible. (Because all of us love flowers, and don’t get them often enough. Keeping them super pretty is important!)
- Flowers last longer if they aren’t kept in direct sunlight. They tend to dry out quicker when they’re in the sun–causing them to brown.
- On the same note as the direct sunlight, flowers dry out quicker when they’re too warm, in general. So don’t keep them on, or too close to the stove, a heater vent, the oven, or electronics. (Electronics warm up as they run, consequently, warming up your flowers and drying them out.)
- We’re betting you know that you should check the water, daily, to make sure it’s full enough–but, you should also check to see if the water is looking cloudy. If it is, dump it out and refresh it with room temperature water. (Don’t forget to add more ‘food’!)
- Re-cutting the stems of the flowers will also help your flowers stay beautiful longer. Just ¾ inches, at a slight angle, is all you need to trim. (A great time to do this is when you’re refreshing the water.)
- Did you know that if you’re out of the food ‘packet’, adding a teaspoon of sugar to fresh water, or a penny, can help keep them fresher for a bit longer? (Yes, flower food works the best–but we know that finding the time to stop in for more just doesn’t always happen.)
- Some flowers simply last longer than others. For example, a carnation can last up to two weeks when properly cared for, a rose will only last about half that time. To keep an arrangement fresh looking as flowers wilt or brown, you can pull them out and rearrange your arrangement. No need to throw the whole thing away if just a few flowers are past their prime. After you remove some of the older flowers, rearranging the fresh stems in a smaller vase will help keep the arrangement looking its fullest.
We hope this helps a little. If you’re looking for more, in-depth, care tips for specific flower types, please check out this link: www.teleflora.com/flowercare.asp, or call us; we love to help.