Beginners' Guide to Caring for Your Los Angeles Flowers March 12, 2018 09:43

los angeles floristFlowers are so beautiful and cheery to look at. But did you know that there is a scientific reason why you love looking at them so much? Flowers have the ability to calm you and make you feel more relaxed. It's true. Flowers have both physical and psychological effects on humans. Science has proven that flowers can reduce stress levels.

Say you end up in the hospital in Los Angeles. Flowers may fill your hospital room from well-wishers hoping for a quick recovery.

Or perhaps you graduated from high school or college. That is also a traditional time to receive beautiful bouquets. Friends and family want to show you how proud they are of your efforts.

But how do you take care of those beautiful fresh cut Los Angeles flowers? You want these thoughtful gifts to be around for as long as possible. Here are some great tips for keeping your flowers bright and beautiful.

Choose the Right Location

A very important tip is to the choose the right location. Fresh cut flowers aren't exactly indestructible. Eventually, their petals will wilt and their little heads will droop.

But with the right care, you can keep them looking fresh and happy for a few extra days. The longer you can keep them around, the more effective they'll be at lowering your stress level.

Avoid Drafts and Temperature Extremes

Drafts can cause your poor little flowers to dry out faster. Temperatures that are too cool can shock your flowers and speed the wilting process.

The reverse is also true. Temperatures that are too hot will also speed wilting. Choose a comfortable location that is not too cool or too hot and is free of drafts.

The ideal temperature for non-tropical flowers is a brisk 33 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit. That's why florists keep the flowers in the refrigerator.

Your home is not that cool. But you can put them in the refrigerator when you're not at home to enjoy them. You'll find that your flowers will last several days longer with this one easy tip.

Avoid Full Sun

The favorite place to put a vase of fresh flowers tends to be the windowsill. It makes sense that people would think a sunny spot would be right for their Los Angeles flowers.

Flowers like sunny spots outdoors. But the sun's purpose with flowers is that it causes them to mature and grow. Cut flowers have already matured. Putting them in direct sunlight only causes them to wilt faster.

Plus, remember that we mentioned heat and drafts aren't good? Those two things often come along with a windowsill.

The sun beating in through a window will create an environment that is too warm. You might open the window to avoid that only to expose your flowers to drafts.

Bottom line - don't put your flowers on the windowsill.

Avoid Fruit

Here's one you might not think about when choosing your location. Don't place your flowers near fresh fruit.

The natural life cycle for many flowers is to turn from a flower into a fruit. The flower dies off and provides nourishment for the fruit to grow.

The trigger responsible for this process is ethylene gas. Fruit continues to give off ethylene gas while it's sitting on your counter. Some give off more than others so watch out for bananas and apples in particular.

If you leave your cut flowers near this gas they will wilt faster. They can't help it, they're following the rules of nature.

Water

Not to be too obvious but in order for your flowers to live, they need water. Fresh water every couple of days is ideal.

Even if there is still water in the vase, dump it out and give them some fresh water. Do this every 2 to 3 days and your flowers will bloom so much longer.

But why can't they keep drinking the same water? Water is water, right?

Well, have you ever noticed that rotten smell that flowers sometimes develop? As flowers sit in water bacteria begins to build up. This nasty concoction will cause your flowers to wilt faster and even start to rot if left long enough.

Trim the Stems

Once you get home with your flowers, don't forget to trim the stems before putting them in water. The cut stems have already begun to dry out and the cells begin to die.

If you trim at least 1/2 inch from the end of the stem, you will expose fresh cells. These cells can better soak up and use the water to keep your flowers fresh.

It's a good idea to trim the stems of your Los Angeles flowers every time you change the water. This will keep the absorption point fresh and working to its full potential.

Also, when trimming the stems be sure to use very sharp scissors. If you mash the stems with dull scissors you can damage the cells. This will make it harder for them to absorb water and nutrients well.

Of course, some cells will get damaged with sharp scissors too. But the damage is quite a bit less with a nice, clean cut.

Use Flower Food

Those little packets of flower food that we florists give out do have a purpose. With a few exceptions (zinnias, sunflowers, glads) flower food helps flowers a lot.

They don't only provide nutrients to the flowers. They also contain a bactericide that helps keep that nasty bacteria from building up. For this reason, flower food is even more important if you know you'll forget to change the water.

Where to Buy Los Angeles Flowers

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