Maintenance and care of floral arrangements

Maintenance and care of floral arrangements

Water Supply

  • Ensure flower arrangements are furnished with a constant supply of fresh water.
  • Replace the water in the vase or container every two to three days.
  • Before adding water into the arrangements, ensure it is at room temperature to avoid shock to the flowers.
  • Use a plant preservative in the water to prolong the viability and freshness of floral arrangements.

Temperature Control

  • Floral arrangements should be kept in a cool and airy environment.
  • Avoid placement near heat sources such as radiators or direct sunlight, which may cause flowers to wilt or dry out prematurely.
  • During warmer seasons, consider refrigerating the arrangements overnight to extend their lifespan.

Handling and Positioning

  • Handle arrangements gently to avoid damaging the flowers or altering their position.
  • Most flowers prefer indirect light; arrange them in a position where there is plenty of soft, scattered natural light.
  • Ensure the arrangement is placed on a sturdy surface to prevent any accidental toppling.

Pruning and Cleaning

  • Remove any wilted or dead flowers promptly, as they can exude gas that will negatively affect the other flowers.
  • Regular pruning of foliage and stems will keep the arrangement looking fresh.
  • Clean the exterior of the vase, especially near the waterline where residue or algae might form, to ensure a neat presentation.

Nutrient Supply

  • Use flower food packets or homemade solutions (like sugar and bleach) to supply nutrients and control bacteria in the water.
  • Periodically add a small amount of citric acid (lemon juice) to the water, which helps most flowers intake water more efficiently.
  • Avoid overfertilising, as an excess of nutrients can have an adverse effect on the flowers’ health.