Surviving the Summer Sun

Flower Care Tips to Ensure Your Blooms Blossom in the Summer Heat

 While most of New Zealand is experiencing soaring temperatures, our beloved flowers may find it challenging to stay fresh and vibrant. However, with a little extra care and attention, you can ensure that your floral arrangements withstand the heat and fill your space with beauty for a longer period. In this blog, we'll explore some essential tips to help you look after your flowers during hot weather and extend their lifespan.

Hydration is Key

  • Just like us, flowers need plenty of water to thrive in hot weather. Ensure that you change the water in your vase every two days and trim the stems at an angle to allow for better water absorption. If your flowers come with foliage that might be submerged in the water, remove it to prevent bacterial growth.

Choose the Right Vase

  • Opt for a clean vase made of glass or ceramic, as these materials are less likely to host bacteria than plastic. Additionally, select a vase that complements the height and structure of your flowers, providing proper support for their stems.

Keep Them Cool

  • Place your flower arrangement in a cool spot away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Exposure to direct sunlight can cause the flowers to wilt prematurely. If possible, keep them in a shaded area or in a room with good ventilation.

Morning Watering

  • Water your flowers in the morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cooler. This helps prevent excessive water loss through evaporation and ensures the blooms are adequately hydrated before facing the heat of the day.

Use Floral Preservatives

  • Consider adding a floral preservative to the water in your vase. These commercial additives contain nutrients and antimicrobial agents that can help extend the life of your flowers. Alternatively, you can make a homemade preservative by mixing sugar, lemon juice, and a few drops of bleach into the water.

Regular Pruning

  • Remove any wilting or dead flowers and foliage promptly. This not only keeps your arrangement looking fresh but also prevents the release of ethylene, a natural plant hormone that accelerates the aging of flowers.

Mist the Petals

  • Lightly misting the petals of your flowers can help them stay hydrated and prevent them from drying out. Use a clean spray bottle and avoid spraying excessive water on the foliage and stems, as this can lead to mold growth.

Provide Air Circulation

  • Ensure that there is enough air circulation around your flowers. Avoid overcrowding them in a confined space, as good air circulation helps prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.

With a few simple precautions and a bit of extra care, you can enjoy your flowers even in the hottest of weather. By following these tips, you'll keep your blooms looking fresher for longer.