Fresh flowers make any space look fresh and inviting.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a bunch of roses from the farmers’ market or an elaborate floral bouquet from your loved one – you want your flowers to last as long as possible, right?
Ok, so there’s plenty of tricks out there – from popping an asprin in the water to using a spritz of hairspray on the underside of the petals.
But really a Freshkeeper sachet is all you need to keep your flowers fresher for longer.
Simply stand your Freshkeeper next to your vase.
Let’s look at the science behind why Freshkeeper will actually work to keep your flowers fresh.
First of all, we need to look at ethylene – that odourless, colourless gaseous plant hormone that’s not only produced by Mother Nature but also created by man-made sources. Ethylene’s effect on plant material is basically to speed up ripening, ageing and will eventually spoil it.
In fact, the website growerdirect.com reckons more than 30% of flowers perish prematurely because of the harmful effects of ethylene.
So ethylene is a baddie when it comes to your flowers. Ethylene can…
Cause buds and leaves to fall off
Deep colour will fade
Petals will drop off
Commercial flower growers are well aware of how ethylene can affect various flowers and use solutions such as minerals to minimise the effects of ethylene.
But of course these industrial solutions aren’t suitable for use at home.
So to make sure your flowers that stay fresher for longer, use a Freshkeeper sachet along with the following tips…
Cut the stems – don’t forget to do this! Use garden shears to trim a few inches off and cut at an angle for better water absorption (the stems won’t be sitting flat on the bottom of your vase then). Then retrim them every few days.
Prune – remove leaves below the water line to stop bacteria growing. Remove any ‘guard petals’ so the flowers can open up fully. Then check daily for loose leaves and petals so you can avoid things like bacteria rot.
Water wisely – use clean room temperature water and a clean vase. And of course be sure to change the water out every 2-3 days.
Avoid heat – and fruit! Flowers are happier in cooler temperatures, away from direct sunlight and heat-generating appliances. Cooling vents and fans can also cause them to dehydrate.
And keep your blooms away from the fruit bowl – as you know by now, ripening fruits release ethylene gas that will reduce the lifespan of your floral arrangement!