When it’s hot outside, there’s nothing more satisfying than a refreshing, cold drink. We usually opt for something cold rather than a warm drink and many people enjoy heaps of ice. However, when it comes to fresh cut flowers, ice cold water might not be the best bet.
Most flowers enjoy water that is slightly warm or room temperature. When you trim the stems of your flowers and place them in luke warm water, they will drink up nice and quickly. As soon as your flower delivery arrives, it’s important to trim the stems and place them in warm water right away. This will help your bouquet last that much longer. Allowing them to soak and rest in a cool spot for 24 hours are just what your flowers need to look their best.
There are, however, some exceptions to this warm water rule. There are some flowers that actually do prefer cold water and these are flowers that are grown from bulbs. One popular example includes tulips. Flowers that are grown from bulbs also tend to be particularly thirsty so you want to make sure that they never run out of water.
If you are ever unsure about the type of water to use, a simple search for flowers online will make it easy to find care instructions for specific types of flowers. Alternatively, you could always ask your florist for professional advice.
No matter the type of water your flowers prefer, there are some other steps that will help ensure maximum freshness. Flower stems should be trimmed at an angle so that they don’t rest flat on the bottom of the vase. It also increases the surface area of the base of the stem which helps increase absorption. Remember to add flower food to the water and change the water every couple of days. Whenever the water is changed, it’s important to add more flower food in order to provide your flowers with nutrients and slow down the growth of bacteria in the water.1