Valentine’s Day is the time of the year where online florists in Singapore go through a good number of sleepless nights in order to fulfil the increased demands for the occasion. In the past, flowers were used mainly to signify love and romance. Today, flowers can be used for much more. They could be sent as a gift to show appreciation, care, or even to offer condolences. So, it’s Valentine’s Day, and many of you would have received a bouquet of flowers. I had a chat with the good folks of FARM Florist Singapore to share with everyone on what they can do with their flowers received from their significant other! So without further ado, here are 5 ways on how you can help your fresh and beautiful bouquet of flowers last.
1.) Avoid heat and sunlight
With the establishment of many eco-friendly initiatives, natural sunlight has been preferred to your usual ceiling lights or table lamps. It is important to keep your flowers away from the windows that allow direct sunlight to shine onto your bouquets. That being said, florists that use delivery couriers with vans are not covered will result in your flowers lasting a lot shorter than usual.
2.) Keep them cool
As far as possible, keep them in a cool environment. An air-conditioned room is more than sufficient! Of course, following up to the previous point, there should not be direct sunlight shining directly onto your flowers.
3.) Give them a new home
Remove the wrapping and placing the flowers in a jar, container, or vase of fresh water is the first thing you should do after taking all your Instagram worthy images! Flowers stay fresh for a longer period of time when they get to drink clean water. The water in your jar should also be changed daily to maximise the lifespan of your flowers.
TIP: Before you place your flower arrangement into a jar of your choice, cut the stems. Instead of performing a straight perpendicular cut, perform a 45 degree cut at the bottom of the stem. This allows them to better absorb the clean water to last longer. However, do not just use any scissors. Use shearers that you could get from Daiso for just S$2.00! Ordinary scissors that you get off the shelf will not be able to help you execute a clean cut, causing many microscopic tubes within the stems to be punctured.
4.) Remove all impurities
This point goes hand in hand with the previous point. Along the stems of the flower that are in contact with the water, you can usually find leaves and particles that are withering. Constantly remove such impurities every time you change the water. Having such impurities will further contaminate the water, and your flowers having to absorb contaminated water will only result in them withering as a whole much sooner than later!
5.) Use DIY flower preservatives
Flower food (better known as flower preservatives) can be purchased from your local neighbourhood florist. However, physical stores may be inconvenient to visit and not many online florists in Singapore have that option for delivery. Luckily for you, we have the perfect recipe!
Sugar – One tablespoon
Warm Water – 100 millilitres
Household Bleach (Chlorine Based) – Half teaspoon
Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice – Two Table Spoons
Add the above concoction into the water and enjoy the beauty of your flowers for a longer period of time!