10 top tips for extending the life of freshly cut flowers on board
Last updated: 06/06/2016
Freshly cut flowers can help to brighten up any room and add life and colour to your home and yacht. However, as we all know, keeping them fresh isn’t always the easiest task to achieve, particularly when out at sea for a long stretch of time.
10 top tips for extending the life of yacht flowers
1. Keep them cool
Give the flowers some extra cooling during the night by popping them in an air-conditioned room, or by putting ice cubes in the vase. This will help them stay fresher for longer.
2. Thirsty flowers are dead flowers
A well known trick is to always cut the stem at an angle, however to help the flowers last even longer, repeat this step every few days. This will help them to absorb as much water as possible. Remember not to use scissors, instead use a knife to avoid damaging the stems.
Lilly Bavay from Florexotica commented, “Do not forget to regularly wet your oasis foam, especially in warm weather - this is what carries water to the flowers. Cut the end of the flowers as soon as you receive them from the florist. If there is no floral food available, add a dash of bleach and a dash of sugar to the water. Finally, another tip would be to put an ice cube to your potted orchid’s every day.”
3. Preserve them
Just as hairspray preserves intricate hairdos, it also preserves cut flowers. Simply stand a foot away from the bouquet and give them a quick spray on the undersides of the leaves and petals.
4. Sugar, oh honey honey
When there are children on the superyacht or in the home, fizzy pop is a given. Don’t throw away those last few drops of soda. Pour about 1/4 cup into the water in a vase of cut flowers. The sugar in the soda will make the blossoms last longer.
5. A teaspoon of vodka helps the medicine go down
One word: Vodka. The secret to keeping cut flowers looking good for as long as possible is to minimise the growth of bacteria in the water. Add a few drops of vodka and 1 teaspoon of sugar for the best results.
6. Avoid chilly drafts
Always, always remember to keep flowers away from drafts, including fans, because this will loosen petals. However, remember to keep displays away from direct sunlight, as this will cause them to wilt!
7. Don’t gas your flowers
Keep cut fresh flowers away from fruit and other plants. Flora can give off the gas ethylene, which can cause premature wilting. This also includes removing dead buds daily from the existing bouquet.
8. Fresh water
Be sure to change the flowers water every two days. It is always better to put the flowers in warm water, as lukewarm water contains less oxygen than cold water. This will also help to reduce the air bubbles likely to form in the stem’s network of vessels, blocking or limiting the flowers water uptake.
9. Fight bacteria
It may be a bit of a strange one, however Listerine mouthwash is another commonly used method to keep flowers fresh. The antibacterial formula will help to reduce the bacteria in the water the way it kills plaque and halitosis.
10. Last but not least
Finally, as Maud at Création Florale shares, always work with professionals. "Going professional will help ensure the flowers are in a healthy state to begin with. No one wants to spend a small fortune on beautiful flowers which are only going to last a day."