Keeping flowers fresh for a longer period of time is not difficult, but it all depends on the type.
Cut roses have to be placed upside down so that water can drain out of the bottom of the stems and replace with fresh water every day.
Lily flowers should also be turned upside down and a wide saucer or a plate should be added under the vase to catch moisture for easy access.
Lilies need to be removed from their vases by plucking each stem from the blooms for a few inches from both ends until it starts to come out easily.
Place them into a container filled with cold water as soon as possible, then remove any leaves or other dirt, and replace with fresh lilies after around one week.
Cut water lilies, on the other hand, need to be submerged all of the time in a large container filled with fresh water. Any dead leaves should be removed and replaced with fresh ones regularly, or they will start decaying at the bottom.
Flower food is also essential for keeping flowers alive longer. It comes in powder form or liquid solution, and can be mixed with water to give it a softer taste for your beloved flowers. It should be added to the vase but not directly into the stems.
Some plants like orchids will enjoy more moisture than others. They should be watered once the top of the soil is dry to touch, and then keep moist all the time. If too much water is given, they will rot quickly, so it’s important to pick what works best for your plant type!
Gardenias and roses that have a strong smell will require a lot of water, while lilies and carnations need to be watered less frequently.
Watering is not just how often you do it but also what time of the day. Morning is recommended as flowers can absorb more nutrients from the soil during this time because their pores are open. It’s also the best time to check for any damage done by pests.
Watering is actually more effective in the evening, as it will give flowers a better chance of absorbing moisture through their roots throughout the night. This is not true for all plants however, so be sure to check for specific instructions!
The number one requirement for flowers is exposure to sunlight, and this has to be done daily. The exposure can vary depending on the type of flower you have.
For example tulips and orchids need a lot of sunlight, while roses and carnations do not require as much in order to stay fresh and beautiful!
Phalaenopsis orchids in particular will thrive if an east window is used, while lilies and tulips will do best in a south-facing window.
If your room has poor lighting, you can always use artificial light instead. Fluorescent lights give the most effective results by providing more energy for longer periods of time compared to incandescent bulbs that output less energy but require shorter periods of time.
So this is how you can preserve flowers.