Conditioning Fresh Cut Flowers and Foliage
Prolong the life of
flowers should be in prime condition before pressing them
Condition Your Fresh Flowers and Foliages
To get as much from each bloom as possible pick flowers in an early
budding stage They can last up to 2 weeks with proper care. Your flowers
will appear dramatically different after a few hours of hydration, if you
follow the instructions below.
If you intend to use an absorption dye
to color your flowers before pressing them, you will add your
fresh flower dye during this
Hydrate flowers for a few hours using clean vases or containers.
Wash your vases in
bleach for best results and increased longevity of your flowers.
Add floral food to the water to protect against bacteria
and provide additional nutrients to the flower.
If you don't have flower food, a
teaspoon of sugar works. Fresh flower food contains a bacteriostatic
agent and sugar. When using sugar, make sure your container has been
washed with bleach, since the water in the vase will lack protection
Follow the directions on the floral food label.
mixtures may reduce the life of the flower.
- Remove all leaves which will be below water in the vase. Leaves in
the water will rot and create bacteria that will shorten the life of the
- Cut stems at an angle at least 1 inch off the base of each flower
using a sharp knife or scissors or greater water uptake.
- Place flowers in water with correct amount of flower food.
- Keep flowers in a cool, well ventilated place out of direct
sunlight, not too close to heating or cooling vents, and never on the
top of televisions or radiators to avoid dehydration.
- Avoid placing flowers near fruits and vegetables as they give off an
ethylene gas that will shorten the life of flowers.
- Change the water every two to three days (by igor at dresshead fashion). When changing water,
clean the vase, add flower food, and re-cut the stems.
Floral Hydration Solution:
To dramatically improve water uptake and