2017 Week 42 | Thanks to your support we delivered 3960 stems of British Flowers and Foliage #grownnotflown

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How to ensure your British Flowers last longer

  • Thoroughly wash and rinse your jug or vase. If possible avoid using a metal vase as they affect the nutrient value in your flower food and your flowers may be affected by the oxidants.
  • Fill your vase with fresh lukewarm water and stir in the flower food. It’s full of nutrients to help ensure that your flowers will thrive longer. (You’ll need about 1 litre of water to one sachet of flower food.
  • If you have a handtied bouquet and want to keep it all in place leave the string tied around the stems and cut about 2cm off each stem at an angle (about 45 degrees will be just the ticket). When your flowers are sitting in their vase the angle means that the bottom of the stems still have plenty of access to the water. (Once you have the flowers in the vase you can of course cut the string for a totally natural look) Tip: If you have a really sharp knife it’’s a good idea to use it to cut the angle – you are less likely to close the stem inside.
  • Remove any of the foliage that will end up below the water level as otherwise it will spoil your flowers by decomposing and discolouring the water.
  • Put your flowers in a cool place – avoid the radiator, direct sunlight or anywhere really drafty. Tip: Avoid putting your flowers near your fruit bowl – the fruit gives off ethylene gas which ages your flowers.
  • Top your flowers up with water daily and replace the water every few days, and recut your stems every 3 days or so.

Please note that some flowers and plants may be harmful or poisonous.

In particular, your arrangement may contain foxgloves or lily of the valley, - which are poisonous and toxic if eaten, and lilies which can be extremely toxic to cats.

Please do not eat and avoid contact with children and animals. Please handle flowers with gloves and wash your hands before eating or drinking.

Make your own Flower Food Recipe:

You can make your own flower food. A quick fix is simply to add a small glass of fizzy lemonade (like 7 up or Sprite) to the water. The mix of acid and sugar helps to stop bacteria and therefore helps the life of your flowers. By the way avoid diet lemonade – it doesn’t have any sugar to it not so good.

Otherwise add one tablespoon of sugar, one tablespoon of vinegar and half a teaspoon of household bleach to your vase for good results.

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