How to Maintain Your Floral Decorations

Flowers are beautiful, but they are also delicate, so floral decorations need proper care in order to maximize their lifespan. Giving the flowers even a basic level of care will massively improve their longevity and their appearance, so it is worth taking the time to keep them healthy. Doing that does take a little bit of skill, but it is the sort of thing that almost anybody can learn to do with a little bit of practice and a few basic instructions.

Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Most plants do poorly in extreme environments, so you should make a point of keeping your flowers away from sources of heat or from drafts. Both of those conditions can cause the plants to dry out more quickly than normal, which ruins their health and causes them to wilt.

The key to success in this area is choosing the display location with care. It is a good idea to keep plants near a window, but only if that window seals well and does not not get an excessive amount of sunlight during the day. Similarly, you should keep your plant away from ovens and even bright lamps, since they generate heat.

Provide Water

Wilting is the first problem that most flower arrangements face, and it is one of the easiest to prevent. It occurs when the flowers start to dry out. Since water provides a great deal of structural support in the plant, the lack of water causes the leaves and flowers to change position.

The best way to fight against wiling is to supply the plants with water. They can still absorb some water from their environment after they have been cut, so this will make sure that they can replace any water that they lose to the environment. Since water tends to go from places with a high concentration to those that have very little water, it will also minimize the rate at which water is lost. Between those two factors, a water supply will make sure your plants stay healthy for as long as possible.

Remove Dead Leaves

Flowers will usually die gradually, one leaf or bud at a time. You can sometimes get a dying leaf to recover with the right care, but you can’t revive them after they finally die. There is no reason to leave a deaf leaf or flower in your arrangement, and it will usually look better if you take the time to remove them as you see them.

You should be careful to make sure that you do not cause any damage to the rest of the plants when you remove dead leaves. Be gentle, and try to avoid putting too much pressure on the rest of the plant so that you can avoid crushing healthy foliage.

Clean the Vase

Your arrangement will get dirty over time, and leaving debris in the pot or vase invites pests to nest inside it. Be sure to remove any leaves, stems, or other bits of debris that fall into the vase as quickly as possible. You should also check the water regularly, since dirty water gives contaminants an easy path into the plant. A visual inspection is sufficient, and you should replace the water whenever it starts to look cloudy instead of clear.

Avoid Smoke

Plants do not respond well to smoke from tobacco. You can extend their lifespan by making sure that nobody smokes while near the plants, or by temporarily moving the arrangements if you believe that people are likely to smoke near them in the future. This is most important for displays that are indoors, since the smoke has less room to disperse than when it is outside.

Be Gentle

Flowers are delicate, and rough treatment can do a lot of damage to them very quickly. You can avoid damage when maintaining the plants by handling them gently, but you should also take steps to prevent accidental damage. Pets and children can easily bump into plants and cause damage by accident. Prevent that by keeping them on a table, a hanging basket, or in any other place where people are unlikely to jostle the plants.

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