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Handling And Care Of Cut Flowers

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Fresh cut flowers add dynamism and color to any room. When people receive a gift of fresh cut flowers, they want to keep them as long as possible. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to keep fresh cut flowers.

The following is a list of tips to help you care for your fresh cut flowers:

1. Remove the flowers from packaging and cut the stem on a slope (about 3 cm), as this will expose more of the rod with water. Remove any leaves that will be in the water. For rose flowers, do not remove the thorns as it will make them deteriorate at a much faster pace. Place the flowers in a vase of water. Warm water must be used because it contains less oxygen than the cold water, which reduces the amount of bubbles which may be formed in the system of the air shaft. Distilled water is the best water to use. Make use cold water for bulb flowers such as hyacinths, tulips, daffodils and Add flower food to the water. Do not use metal containers because they reduce the effect of flower food. The stems should extend halfway down the vessel. Also, your tank should contain no residue that can be a haven for bacteria that can cause flowers to wilt.

2. Flowers stay healthy in the light and at a temperature between 65-72F. Warm temperatures cause flowers to deteriorate more quickly so they keep them in a cold room and out of direct sunlight. Also, keep them away from any appliance that gives warmth. Make sure you keep the flowers away from open streams such as open windows.

3. Keep cut flowers far away from fruit. Fruit releases ethylene gas that causes flowers to age faster.

4. Daffodils should be in their own vase, because the stems of the flowers give off a substance that is toxic to other flowers. Keep flowers in full sun.

5. You should spray the flowers with a light mist of water per day and remove the dried leaves. Flower food contains a biocide that helps inhibit the growth of bacteria. Food can be purchased from local florists and nurseries. If you do not have plant food package, add some sugar to the water.

6. Take care of flowers every day. Remove faded flowers. Rotting flowers and leaves can make the water toxic for flowers. Change the water every 2 days. Be sure to add a preservative each time you swap the water. You can also re-cut the stem for better water absorption. The higher the temperature of the room, the longer the flowers will last longer. It is important to be aware that the flowers at temperatures below four degrees will decrease faster.

Most people receive flowers for a special occasion like Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, etc. so they want the flowers to last for a long time. Handling and care of cut flowers is easily done by applying the above tips, you will be able to enjoy your cut flowers for a longer period of time

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