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How to Take Care of Your Flower Bouquet Post-Gift Giving

For any special occasion, hampers and bouquets from any great florist Gold Coast has today can be the perfect and hassle-free gift to give. Once you find the freshest, highest-quality flowers available at any florist in Gold Coast or any part of the region, you can then proceed to try to figure out how to make the flowers in the bouquet last longer and retain its aesthetic appeal.

This article talks about how you can keep your fresh flowers looking fabulous for longer, just how they’ve been delivered by your trusted Gold Coast florist. Here are some helpful tips to help your flowers last longer:

· For arrangements in vases or self-contained boxes please make sure the water is topped up upon it being delivered to you by the florist Gold Coast has, then check and keep topped up daily or at least every second day.

· For flowers that are not contained within their own vase or self-contained box trim all flower stems with sharp clean secateurs or scissors diagonally approximately 2-3 cms from the bottom of the stem as soon as possible after receiving the flowers. By cutting the stems diagonally you are increasing the surface area in which the exposed cell capillaries can draw in water.

· Ethylene gas is released by decaying leaf and stem trimmings, ripening fruit, cigarettes, and motor vehicle exhaust gases. So trim/strip all foliage/leaves that will sit below the intended vase water line.

· Do not buy cut flowers from vendors who have flower stock displayed out front of shops by the roadside or that have been standing in the sun.

· Foliage on most flowers can be removed by simply grasping around the flower stem and then pulling downward gently. However hard stemmed or stems with thorns such as roses can be stripped using a small sharp knife pulled along the stem.

· Choose a clean vase for your flowers. Dirty vases decrease the life of your flowers due to harmful bacteria shortening the life of your flowers.

· Do not use metallic vases as these react detrimentally with fresh cut flowers.

· Arrange your flowers in the most appropriate vase, fill the vase with water ensuring the water level does not go higher than the bottom of the foliage/leaves.

Now that you have your flowers in a suitable vase, the following points are just as important to maximise the vase life of your flowers:

· Keep the fresh flowers you bought from any florist Gold Coast has as cool as possible; out of direct sunlight; out of draft, away from air-conditioning vents/units; away from heaters; and away from lamps and strong lighting in close proximity.

· Keep your flowers away from all ripening fruit and vegetables. (see ethylene gas above)

· Re-cut stems approximately 2-3 cms from the bottom and replace water at least every second day (more often if possible and convenient to do so).

· When you are changing the water (as above) it is a good idea to scrub the vase clean with a diluted bleach solution at the same time. By changing the water and cleaning the vase regularly you are decreasing the levels of bacteria that detrimentally affect the vase life of your flowers.

· Remove any decaying stems, wilted or dead flowers that have ‘seen better days’.

· Sit back and absorb the beauty of fresh cut flowers.

By following the above steps, you are going to help maximise the life of fresh cut flowers. If you’re trying to find florist Gold Coast has with an amazing selection of blooms, get started online. Visit the Garden Gate Florist through their website, www.gardengateflorist.com.au.