Ways to give your stems that extra love
In warm weather, your bouquet needs some extra care. Are your flowers wilting more quickly than normal? Chances are, it’s due to warmer temperatures in your home. Anton, our head flower stylist, reveals five essential flower care do’s to help your bouquets thrive through the summer heatwave.
Environments over 22 degrees Celsius, say, a living room left with windows shut whilst your at work, can mean your flowers start to droop. Especially flowers that arrive in the bud. Lilies, peonies, irises and gladioli don’t withstand heat as well. Anton: "Because of the heat, the flowering process and speed of blooming is accelerated in a natural way."
Fortunately, there’s a few things you can do to keep your bouquet fresh for as long as possible, even in a heatwave. These are 5 things that usually go wrong, plus the handy do's to counter them!
1. Too little water
Just like us, flowers also 'drink' a lot more when it's warm. In addition, the water in the vase evaporates faster at higher temperatures.
Do: Keep an eye on whether your flowers look dry. Keep those stems hydrated! Top up water so your vase is always ⅓ full and refresh completely every two days.
2. Dirty water
Not only water evaporate faster in the summer, bacteria growth happens faster in warm weather. And the more bacteria in the water, the faster your flowers become unhappy. Anton's #ProTip: "Use lukewarm water. There is less oxygen in it, reducing bacteria growth by around 85%."
Do: Normally you would change the water every three days. In the summer, do this in the summer every other day. Your flowers will thank you!
3. Sunny place
We love it when the sun is out, but your flowers prefer to shine in a more shady spot. Anton: "When it is hot, the moisture that the flowers have absorbed in the leaves and petals evaporates very quickly. Direct sunlight then causes them to ‘burn’ and dry out."
Do: Check whether the spot you have chosen for your bouquet is shady… and still in the shade in a few hours.
4. Yo Yo temperature
Although we love a lovely summer breeze and are happy to open the window on a hot day, your flowers will do better if they’re not subjected to drastically changing temperatures and draughts.
Do: Put your flowers in a sheltered spot and keep them away from open windows and doors which are subject to draughts. Avoid blasting the air conditioning to cool a room quickly, too
5. Hot and bothered at night
Sleeping in a bedroom that’s too hot is pretty much the only drawback to summer, if you ask us. Your flowers completely agree.
Do: Put your bouquet in a cool place at night. Trust us, it’s makes them really happy!
All done? Enjoy the sun! And your flowers, of course.