How To Keep Flowers Fresher Longer During Summer

Posted By Allen's Flower Market On Tuesday, 09 July 2024 Back

How To Keep Flowers Fresher Longer During Summer

How To Keep Flowers Fresher Longer During Summer

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Longer Days Can Support Happy, Healthy Flowers

Summer is a beautiful season—the colors are bright, children are playing outside, and a cone of ice cream is never far away. However, when the summer heat reaches its scorching heights, keeping flowers fresh and vibrant can be challenging. Knowing how to maintain flowers’ freshness during the summer can be a game-changer—here are some of our favorite tips.

Choose Your Flowers Carefully

Some flowers are more delicate than others, especially when it comes to withstanding heat. Some flowers are naturally more resilient to high temperatures. In the summer, opt for varieties that are known for their durability. For instance, sunflowers thrive in the sun and can withstand high temperatures. Zinnias, marigolds, geraniums, and black-eyed-susans are also known for their excellent heat tolerance.

Roses are more likely to thrive in the heat if you remove thorns and lower leaves before placing them in water. Use a vase with a narrow neck to support the stems. For lilies, remove the pollen sacs from lilies to prevent staining and reduce the energy the flower uses to produce pollen, which can help the blooms last longer. Orchids prefer indirect sunlight and high humidity. Mist them regularly and ensure good drainage to prevent root rot.

Proper Hydration is Key

Like humans, flowers must be well-hydrated to stay fresh, especially during summer. Here are some hydration tips:

  • Freshen Water Regularly: Ensure your flowers have clean, clear water in their vase. Change the water in the vase every two days to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Deep Watering: Deep watering is more effective than frequent light watering for potted flowers. This encourages the roots to grow deeper and makes the plant more resilient to heat stress.
  • Misting: Misting the flowers with water can help to keep them cool and hydrated, especially during peak heat hours.

Keep Flowers Cool

Heat can accelerate the wilting process in flowers. To keep your flowers cool, choose an indoor location away from direct sunlight and heat sources like radiators or appliances. Place flowers somewhere that provide good air circulation. Using a fan can help, but avoid direct airflow, as it can dry out the petals. Add cool water to the vase when you change the flowers’ water. You can even add ice cubes to the water to keep it cooler for longer.

Use Flower Food

Flower food and other floral preservatives can significantly extend the life of your cut flowers by providing essential nutrients and inhibiting bacterial growth. You can buy commercial floral preservatives, use the flower food we give you upon purchase at Allen’s Flower Market, or try making your own at home. A simple homemade floral preservative consists of 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, one tablespoon of sugar, and ½ teaspoon of bleach mixed into a quart of water. The lemon juice provides acidity to help the water move up the stems, the sugar acts as food, and the bleach helps to prevent bacterial growth.

Trim Stems and Remove Leaves

Proper stem care is crucial for the longevity of cut flowers in any weather. When you bring your flowers home, trim the stems at an angle before placing them in water. This increases the surface area for water absorption. Re-trim the stems every few days – or every time to change the vase water - to keep the water uptake channels open. Remove any leaves that will be submerged in water. Leaves in water can decay quickly, promoting bacterial growth that can shorten the lifespan of your flowers.

Regular maintenance can go a long way in keeping your flowers fresh. Regularly check your bouquet and remove any wilting flowers. They can produce ethylene gas and lessen the freshness of the remaining flowers. Clean your vases and pots thoroughly before adding new flowers. This helps to remove any residual bacteria or mold.

Are you ready to keep your flowers looking vibrant and fresh for longer, even in the heat of summer? Allen’s Flower Market has all of your summer flower needs covered. Explore our exciting summer collection online, or visit our locations in Los Angeles and Long Beach.