We talked to floral experts to find their best tips and tricks on how to care for your fresh flowers in Singapore’s tropical climate. Here goes!
Do you get a chill when you walk into a blast of aircon? Your flowers do too. The constant change of temperature is not good for us and it isn’t good for cut flowers. Florists are very conscious of this – one florist told us that flowers can catch a cold if left too long in a cold room… That said cut flowers prefer a cool environment – just not in the direct path of the blizzard.
Natural light brings out the beauty of, well pretty much everything. Flowers look great near a window but in our tropical climate the sun & warmth streaming in through the glass heats them up – exactly like a greenhouse in your air conditioned room. Kayly from Bucket Full of Roses told us to “avoid direct sunlight and always store [your flowers] in a cool environment”.
Fleurica tip: Keep fresh flowers away from the window and instead on a side table or coffee table a few steps away, and out of the direct sunlight.
“Change the water in your vase daily. When you do not change the water daily, bacteria breeds, and it will affect the longevity of your flowers” says Jyrminn, from RAEIL. So easy to do and so easy to overlook, but so important!
Fleurica tip: don’t waste that water down the drain – instead use it to water your potted plants. Rinse out the vase, fill it up with fresh water. Voila, one more day of happy blooms to brighten your day.
Flowers also look lovely on a table with bowls of fruit, say mangoes, bananas or guavas… which emit ethylene gas, a plant hormone that ripens the fruit but unfortunately also speeds up the decay of your cut flowers.
Fleurica tip: Keep flowers and fruit apart to prolong the longevity of your beautiful blooms.
STEMS (AND LEAVES)
When you change the vase water, trim the stems (or rinse/wipe if you are worried about the height of the bouquet). Why? “Only stems should be in the water. Keep foliage out of the water to prevent rotting and bacteria growth ” says Daryl from Bloomen. Bacteria growth speeds up decay and means your flowers will start wilting.
Fleurica tip: As the days pass remove any flowers that are looking too faded or drooping to keep the longer lasting ones fresh.
Bonus tip from the floral experts – though your bouquet has been carefully wrapped in paper and looks lovely all dolled up, the purpose of the wrapping is to protect your flowers during their journey. There is not enough water in the wrapping to keep the blooms hydrated beyond a few hours. Unwrap them as soon as is practical and put them in a clean vase with fresh water. To retain the aesthetic and shape of the bouquet, keep the flowers tied together in the vase.