7 steps to perfectly pert petals
So your flower delivery has arrived and your home is full of beautiful petals. But how do you give them the VIP (that’s Very Important Petals) treatment and ensure they last as long as possible? Megan, our floral extraordinaire here at 89 Petals, gives her top tips to help your delicate blooms stay blooming...
Begin with an immaculately clean vase to help give your flowers the best chance possible. Run your vase through the dishwasher or clean with a small amount of bleach to ensure there’s no dust looming from the cupboard or any bacteria residue from its last use. (We’re hoping that’s not too long ago!)
Remove any leaves from the stems that will sit under the waterline, so you only have clear stems standing in the water. Keep any leaves further up the stem as this helps them drink up their beloved water.
Remove two inches from each stem, cutting at a sharp angle to give a larger surface area for maximum thirst-quenching opportunity. Never bash your stems, because despite common belief, this does not help water absorption – quite the opposite in fact as you’re simply damaging the flower. And always ensure scissors are sharp.
Fresh, clean water is flowers’ equivalent of Veuve Clicquot (but without the price tag!). They love and need nothing more to flourish before your eyes. Don’t get ideas about sugar, lemonade, Aspirin and copper coins – it’s all hogwash. Simply add a sachet of flower food, and remember to change the water every two days so they have a fresh tipple and remove any life-shortening bacteria building up.
Place your petals out of direct sunlight and away from anything hot, like radiators and ovens. A cool room is best as this will help your bouquets last longer, however not in a cool draft. Warm environments will speed up the buds’ opening and cause them to wither and wilt. And that, our friends, is a crying shame.
Change the water every two days and remove any foliage and buds that are wilting and looking a bit old and tired. These two simple tips will help your petals look their best and last their longest.
Never run out
Of course, eventually your flowers will fade, but now you can make sure you never run out of blooms in your home with our online flower subscription. Send designer bouquets to yourself every fortnight or every month for a touch of happiness here. Quite simply, because you deserve it.
And that’s it. Simple and free. It seems our VIPs are actually not as high maintenance as we think!