How to keep fresh flowers happy in winter

Winter is coming — defend your bouquet against the cold!

Fresh flowers need a little TLC any time of the year. But, just like how we apply sunscreen in the summer and wear a winter jacket to ward off Jack Frost, there are some specific flower care tips for each season.

So, if it’s cold outside, don’t worry! Here are the Tips & Tricks from our floral experts on how to make your flowers last longer, despite the chill.

1. Lukewarm water

You’ll undoubtedly have noticed that tap water in the winter is freezing! Warm the water from cold to room temperature so that you don’t shock the stems. We can’t stress how important clean water is to extend the life of your flowers. Change it every 2-3 days to stave off bacteria growth.

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2. Consistency is cool

Fresh flowers are happiest in your home when there is a consistent temperature. We know it’s tempting to blast the heating first thing in the morning, but flowers are susceptible to a draught and fade faster when home temperatures yo-yo. A consistent, balmy 18-19°C should do the trick!

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3. No saunas, please

Central heating isn’t a friend to your bouquet. The dry heat can speed up wilting of your flowers. Keep them away from radiators and appliances that generate heat, like the oven or the top of the fridge.

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4. Window watching

The coldest part of your home is the windows. If your bouquet is near a window, don’t let foliage or flowers touch the window pane — chilly glass can cause it to perish overnight. Spent flowers are the catalyst to making the blooms around it wilt faster, too.

5. Apples and pears

Keep your bouquet away from the fruit bowl, especially apples, avocados, pears, and nectarines. As fruit ripens, it releases ethylene gas — naturally occurring, but it is responsible for speeding up wilting and epinasty (bending of stems).

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6. Core flower care

Regardless of the season, if you want your bloomon bouquet to last as long as possible — twelve days or more — then you’ll need to cut stems correctly, on an angle, before you arrange flowers in the vase and every time you change the water. Also, remove leaves from below the water or dying flowers from the vase as soon as you notice it.

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If you would like more flower care tips and tricks from bloomon’s floral stylists, contact us — we’re happy to help you get the most out of each and every stem in your bouquet.

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