Valentines Flowers / January 12, 2019 / Fran Petty
If youre one of the lucky people who received a bunch of beautiful flowers from your loved one you may want to know how your gift can keep on giving. At Petals weve had a number of florists over the years help customers and our own staff with keeping their flowers alive and fresh. There are number of things our florists have taught us that you can do to ensure your Valentines efforts last longer. First of all no matter how they were delivered either by hand by the florists or by a courier make sure you put your flowers into a clean vase with the wrapping still on and let them drink up the clean water. Next make sure you use cut flower food. The flowers will last longer if you use cut flower food but make sure you the read directions and use the correct amount.
Make sure this cut is at an angle as this helps the flowers access the water better than if the stems were standing on the bottom of the vase. When cutting the stems never break them off with your hands or flatten them as this will also shorten the flower life. Once this is done all you have to do is tend to your flowers as you would your garden or any living thing for that matter! Regularly top up the vase with clean water. You should make sure the leaves are never covered with water as they will only contaminate the water. The leaves will rot and breed bacteria thus decreasing the longevity of the cut flowers. You should also keep your flowers away from fruit. You cant smell it but fruit gives off ethylene gas which affects the quality of the flowers life.
Before choosing what you will send you should consider these aspects carefully. The next step to send Valentines flowers or to purchase Valentines flowers is to plan the timing of the flowers delivery. If you plant to take your Valentines Day Date out to dinner then you might want to consider having a flower bouquet delivered to her door before the date or you could choose to have the restaurant present the flowers to her over dinner. Next do your research! Certain types of flowers have different symbolic meanings. For example it is a commonly known fact that roses are symbols of passion and love. However did you know that the use of ivy in a bouquet symbolizes fidelity and marriage? It will impress your date or partner if you are able to tell her the symbolic meaning behind your presentation.