Flower Care

How to Keep Flowers Fresh in Summer

Sun, friends, picnics, sand, pool and sea. Summer is here! Time to go outside, have fun, relax and, very important, keep our bouquets fresh. Did you know that flowers need some special care during this warm season? Here we’ll give you some tips to look after them and prevent wilting.

Tip 1: Choose the correct spot 

It’s important to choose the right location for your flowers. As a rule of thumb, keep them at a cool temperature and away from direct sunlight or other sources of heat in your house (like TVs, stoves, or heaters) to prevent wilting. Also, put your bouquets far from fruit bowls, because fruits like bananas or apples can produce high levels of ethylene. This can shorten flowers’ life.

A gif shows a man placing a yellow flower in a colorful bouquet of roses and pincushions.

Tip 2: Trim the stems of your blooms

Cut the stems of your flowers at a 45-degree angle, one inch from the end of the stem, or to the length you need for your vase.  Use a pair of sharp gardening scissors that are heavy, because some stems may be harder than other plant species. Why this is important? By cutting the stems you can increase the surface area and it allows flowers to absorb more water.

Pro Tip: Cut 1 or 1/2 inch of the stems every two to three days or when you change the water of the vase.

A gif shows an Enjoy Flowers designer cutting the stems of a purple and white bouquet to put in a vase.

Tip 3: Get Rid Of The Excess Leaves

It’s important to remove any leaves that may end up below the water line. Leaves in the water will attract bacteria, which shortens the lifespan of your flowers. This is what makes the water turn colors and gives off an odor that is not in favor of your flowers.

A gif shows an Enjoy Flowers designer removing stem leaves that fall below the water line to prevent bacteria growth in the vase.

Tip 4: About water in your vase

Always have the vase 3/4 full of water, remember that we’re in a warmer season. Change the water every 2-3 days and, before you refill it, clean the vase to reduce the risk of infection and proliferation of bacteria.

A gif shows a person filling a vase of water in preparation for a bouquet of flowers.

Tip 5: Flower Attention

Take a look regularly at your flowers. If you see wilted petals or dying leaves, remove them in order to take care of your bouquet, because they can damage the healthy blooms.

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