Customers often ask us at Fly Me To The Moon, how long fresh flowers will last in the summer. I tell them the truth. Not as long as they would if it were cooler. It's why some people don't buy fresh flowers when it's hot.
"Relatively short exposure to elevated temperatures can therefore greatly reduce the overall storage or vase life of cut flowers; proper temperature management is obviously the primary goal in upgrading their handling."
We don't feel you should have to live without flowers in the summer, so here's what we recommend:
Recommendations for Fresh Flowers in the Summer
1. Buy your flowers from a florist. - Flower shops take better care of their flowers than other stores. The flowers are kept in coolers, which help keep them alive longer. So they're in better condition even before you take them home. Or you can buy them at the corner market where they've been roasting in the summer sun all day.
2. Keep your fresh flowers in the coolest part of your house. - But, please don't keep your air conditioner running all day when you're not home just to keep your flowers cool.
3. Keep cut flowers away from direct sunlight - If your curtains are closed or shades down the room will be cooler. This will help your flowers last longer in the summer.
4. Consider using potted flowers indoors - You'll need to get the right plant and have the proper conditions to pull this off. Most flowering plants require lots of sun. Speak to a knowledgeable person at your local nursery.
5. Don't buy cut or potted flowers senstive to heat - Such as hydrangeas, peonies, tulips, football mums and some roses. If the petals are delicate, so is the rest of the flower. If you have these flowers growing in your garden though, take cuttings in the early morning or evening when the summer sun is not beating down on them.
6. Give them daily attention - Remove leaves that will be in the water. Cut the stems on a 45 degree angle, wash the vase and change the water. Be sure to add the floral preservative packet that accompanies your fresh flowers. If the stems feel a little slimy, rinse them under cool running water before you cut them.
7. Buy hardier flowers and give them cool water - Pom pom mums, carnations, spider mums, alstroemeria are good choices. Be sure to remove dying blooms and check the water periodically to make sure it's cool.
8. Buy cheap flowers in one color - Place them in a nice vase and replace the flowers as needed. Carnations are cheap and look great in monochromatic flower arrangements.
9. Cut your flowers shorter - The shorter the stem, the easier it is to for the bloom to get water. Place them in small bottles, jars or vases around your house for a lovely summer vignette.
10. Buy the flowers when you need them - If you're having a party on Friday, there's no need to buy them until the day of your event. If you want something special, order them in advance from a florist.
What kind of luck have you had with summer flowers?