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Cut Flowers That Last the Longest

February 9, 2018
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Flower obsession is nothing to worry about. If you’re caught in a vicious (well, not so vicious, more fun) circle of buying fresh, cut flowers for your home, over and over again, we can’t blame you. They add life and positive vibes to every room, they even inspire and motivate us. Hence, our urge to always have a fresh pair of blooms on our desk is totally justified, if you ask us. The only thing that rains on your parade can be that they give up on life after pretty much only two days.

If you want to avoid having to shop for flowers every other day, learn which cut flowers tend to last the longest in your home.

 

Chrysanthemums

Did you know that these babies can last up two three weeks when cut? Talk about endurance!

Traditional Lilies

They might not have a long lifespan as Chrysanthemums, they are still a good choice because they can last up to two weeks.

Garden Roses

The iconic rose can last up to two weeks with proper care.

Orchids

Orchids are the soldier disguised in an elegant and delicate uniform, but they are known to last for quite some time. Up to three weeks!

Sunflowers

Bring some sunlight into your room with these attention-grabbers, and keep it there for one to two weeks!

Ranunculus

This baby can also last for a 7 days, which doesn’t make it the champion of durability, but it still beats two days.

Gladiolus

When was the last time these enchanting blooms took the stage in your home? Probably not in a long time, but hey, give them some credit. When taken care of properly they tend to last for one or even two weeks.

Carnations

Carnations are the IT flower, the outcast, the outsider that always gets mistaken for solely funeral flowers. However, carnations can last two to even three weeks if taken care of properly, and their beautiful pastel shades are perfect for home decor.

Dahlias

And finally, we have to give it up for Dahlias, which can last up to a week in your beautiful home.

 

Bear in mind, that it’s all about finding a florist you trust, so that the flowers are truly fresh and cut on the same day or the day before. If you get flowers that are three days old, obviously they won’t last as long as you want them too. Activate your inner florist and nurturing instincts and take care of your flowers so that they remain perky and bright for as long as possible. It’s a double effort.

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How to Make Your Bouquet Last Longer

April 19, 2017
How to Make Your Bouquet Last Longer | A Better Florist

Receiving a bouquet of flowers can make you feel like a million bucks. Those fresh and luxurious blooms can instantly perk you up and bring a smile to your face. So, you place them in a clean vase with fresh water to make them last as long as you can. Still, before you know it, those delicate petals start to dry up and fall off. What are you doing wrong?

First of all, don’t blame yourself. Once flowers are plucked, their life starts winding down. Based on a series of tests, the standard variety roses from florists can last about a week retaining their form. They’re basically on borrowed time and short of freezing them or dipping them in resin, the most you can do is make them last as long as you can.

The good news is, there’s a way for you to keep their presentable state for about two weeks. In addition to replacing the water in the vase daily to avoid bacterial growth, here are some tips and tricks to make your bouquet last longer.

Clean your cut flowers properly

Before you place cut flowers in a vase, make sure you follow these steps to maximise their lifespan:

  1. Cut the stem at a 45-degree angle so they can absorb as much water and nutrients as possible. The buds can still open up while marinating on the container’s water.
  2. Remove dirt from the stem and cut off leaves that would touch the water inside the vase. Any leaf or petal that touches the solution could rot and promote bacterial growth.
  3. Make sure you place them away from direct sunlight, too much heat can make cut flowers wilt faster.

Use plant food

If you spot a little packet with your bouquet, this is actually plant food. You can mix the contents with distilled water to keep your cut flowers fresh and perky. It contains sugar and biocide to keep the flowers hydrated while also killing bacteria in the liquid. Once the water gets cloudy, you can replace the solution with a fresh batch.

DIY plant food using soda

In case your bouquet doesn’t come with plant food packets, soda can work just as well. Sprite and 7-Up are particularly popular as flower preservatives among enthusiasts. The sugar and acid content of soda have the same hydrating and antibacterial properties as plant food packets. The ideal ratio is one part Sprite/7-Up to three parts distilled water. You can also add a pinch of bleach to keep the solution clear. Other household items you can use to prevent bacterial growth are apple cider vinegar, aspirin and vodka.

So the next time you receive a bouquet for your birthday or during Valentine’s Day, you know exactly what to do. If you have further questions regarding proper care for flowers, get in touch with A Better Florist or sign up to our Flower Jamming Session! We’re opening our doors every Saturday afternoon for people interested in learning more about flowers and floristry. Click here to find out more.

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The Designer’s Guide to Blooming Your Café

March 29, 2017
Blooming Your Cafe | A Better Florist

How many times have you visited a café this week? At least once a day, maybe? After all, cafés have become essential locations for on-the-go professionals. A good coffee shop is a workplace, a meeting place, an escape from the daily grind and a quick stop for a pick-me-up. This is why, apart from quality coffee, the vibe of the place is an important concern. Café owners make sure their shops are classy without being intimidating. Lush and cosy settings can draw people in, which is why entrepreneurs incorporate fresh cut flowers into their décor for a touch of style.

Flower Power

Flowers are pretty, but also functional. Aesthetically, they add a splash of color to an otherwise drab space. In terms of ambience, flowers add warmth and create a cosy atmosphere. They bring life and brightness to a space. In fact, a study on the home ecology of flowers found several emotional benefits to having flowers in your environment. They provide an energy boost, chase the blues away and make people more compassionate.

Now you know why certain coffee shops make you feel extra perky and energised after your coffee run. As it turns out, it’s not just the caffeine.

Choosing Flowers for Your Café

The conditions of a place can contribute to the lifespan of cut flowers, such as the temperature, humidity and amount of sunlight. Upscale and restaurant-type cafés can benefit from romantic and aromatic flowers like roses, carnations, dahlias and lilies. These (usually) indoor establishments are much kinder to more delicate varieties of flowers due to the temperature and humidity. Just like us, flowers love air-conditioning too.

For outdoor and open space cafés, go for the hardy variety of blossoms. The heat and humidity in outdoor settings can make flowers wilt faster. Long-lasting flowers include zinnias, carnations and orchids. Wildflowers in mason jars also fit the casual and laid-back ambience of hip shops and industrial-type concept cafés.

Flowers can be an afterthought for most café owners, but details are very important. A cosy vibe and “Instagrammable” space can make your place a hit with social media-savvy customers and yes, I’m talking about those people who take photos of their food. Pretty blooms can instantly score you a free promotion.

Lengthening the Life of Cut Flowers

Sadly, if you’ve ever received a bouquet of flowers, you know just how quickly those blooms can wilt away. To see how long your roses will last, India Sturgis tested roses from various florists and found that at most you have about a week of perk and perfume from your blooms.

To help extend their life, here are a few standard tips to lengthening the life of cut flowers:

  1. Remove any dirt or rotting leaves from the stems of the flowers to avoid any bacterial growth.
  2. Place the flowers in a clean container filled with distilled water. Remember to replace the water daily.
  3. Make sure the leaves don’t touch the water in the vessel because this would promote rotting.

Usually, florists include packets of preservatives or flower food which you can mix into the water to keep your flowers hydrated and prevent the growth of bacteria. Make sure that you check the instructions on the packet for the ideal amount of water you’d need. With a plant food solution, rather than replacing the water daily, you can opt to change it when the water gets cloudy.

Alternatively, you can always DIY your very own preservative solution. Some common household items you can use as flower preservatives are soda, hair spray, apple cider vinegar, aspirin, bleach, copper coins, sugar and vodka. So maybe save that last shot of vodka for your flowers rather than your liver.

If you follow care instructions carefully, some flowers could last as long as two weeks. Still, cafés need to replenish flowers every week or so for optimum freshness. Fortunately, you can now easily sign up for a floral subscription with your online florist. This way you actually get curated and in season flowers for the freshest possible quality of blooms, fuss free! At A Better Florist, you can get your flowers whenever, wherever and however you like them. For more details, reach out to [email protected].

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Blooming your house – Made easier with Floral Subscription

March 8, 2017
Blooming your house – Made easier with Floral Subscription

Interior design doesn’t have to be boring. A great way to make a home more warm and inviting is to incorporate a bit of greenery into the design. Fresh flowers and succulents not only help brighten up a space, they also help filter the air. So they’re pleasing to both the eyes and the lungs.

Maintaining gardens and potted plants are the traditional ways of incorporating flora in the home. However, the rise of the apartment complex and condo-living provides little in the way of space. Most city dwellers do not have a backyard, let alone a garden. This is why designers and architects are bringing the outdoors indoors to make a space breathe and make it less claustrophobic. It also helps to remind dwellers of the natural world in an increasingly tech-saturated and artificial environment.

The good news is, the proliferation of online florists in Singapore have made blooming your house even easier through catering to all your floral needs.

Which rooms should you bloom?

Any room can be bloomed but, as with everything, you need to practice the art of restraint.

The kitchen is a natural choice for incorporating plants and florals. If you like to cook, you can maintain a little vertical garden for herbs and spices to add some fresh ingredients to your dishes. Fresh cut flowers can also go into your kitchen counter and dining table to encourage a healthy appetite among your fellow inhabitants.

The living room is also a prime location for flowers and succulents. Since we entertain guests in this area, flowers can be a great accessory to complement the overall aesthetic of your home. White lilies are classic choices for shared spaces. They’re elegant and sophisticated without being intimidating. They also go well with any interior. Aromatic flowers like lavender and jasmine can be incorporated to perfume your living room. Meanwhile, daisies and sunflowers are perfect for bright interiors, especially during summer, for a lively and welcoming vibe. Sunflowers also work well in kitchens for a sunny disposition—mornings, afternoons and evenings.

Bathrooms are tricky because they don’t have a lot of light and are usually high in humidity. As such, orchids and aloe vera are the usual suspects for this area. They’re hardy and actually don’t need a lot of sun to thrive. Aloe vera also has a lot of uses, including treatment of minor burns and acts as moisturiser, so it also has practical use beyond the aesthetic aspect.

Taking care of your blooms

The adjectives delicate and fragile are associated with flowers for a good reason. Once they’ve been picked, the life span of their beauty starts counting down. Potted plants need to be watered regularly, but fresh cut flowers in vases need a bit more care and maintenance. Here are a few tips to lengthen the lives of your blooms:

  1. To make sure your flowers don’t wilt quickly, place them in a clean container with distilled water and a bit of bleach to prevent the growth of bacteria.
  2. Before placing them inside a vessel, it is also advisable to take out any rotting leaves and dirt clinging to the stems. Make sure the leaves or any petals do not touch the water inside the vase, otherwise this will promote rotting and bacterial growth.
  3. Replace the liquid with a clean bleach and water solution every day.

Get a floral subscription

For those without an eye for style nor the patience for flower selection, you can always acquire a floral subscription. This way, you not only get your regular batch of blooms to decorate your home, you’d also be getting the bespoke service of a flower curator. You can give your florist the necessary information they need to tailor the kinds of flowers you’d receive on a regular basis.

Floral subscription is a personalised service to help provide you with seasonal flora fit for your home. More than that, they can arrive at your doorstep perfectly arranged by a professional florist. Those additional personal touches and service ultimately saves you the time and effort in blooming your home.