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Tips for Hiding Flowers

Monday, June 28th, 2010

So you’ve purchased a beautiful bouquet of flowers for your loved one from a local florist or online florist.  The flowers have arrived, but your loved one is still at work or away.  Or maybe they are at home, but that special occasion is still a day or two away.  How do you hide those flowers so that not only do they still look fresh and appealing, but so that no one will find them?

Obviously, you will need to take two things into consideration.  First, you don’t want to put the flowers in a place that someone will stumble upon them and discover them.  You’ll also need to accommodate the size of the bouquet.  Second, you don’t want the flowers dying or looking wilted because you stuck them in the wrong location.  While fresh flowers are always a welcome sight, nobody likes to receive dead or wilted flowers.

The best place to hide things including flowers then are places where no one goes regularly.  That would usually eliminate places such as the primary bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen.  Try to find a place that is rarely used, such as a guest bedroom or closet.  It’s key to find a location for your fresh flowers that is cool (around room temperature or slightly below), out of the sun and relatively dry.  Make sure that nothing is lying on top of or crushing the petals.  Feel free to be creative if you need to remove the flowers from the water or vase.  Flowers can generally keep for several hours without being in water.

If you’re planning on keeping them hidden for more than a day, add some homemade plant food to prolong life.  Add 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon per pint of water and mix.   Be sure to check the water level after a few days if necessary.

Hiding flowers for extended periods of time is generally not a good idea.  If you really want to surprise someone without having to remember the exact day you need to go to the local florist to pickup some flowers, try ordering your flowers online ahead of time and getting them delivered on the date you need them.  That way the flowers are guaranteed to be fresh when you surprise your loved one.

Flower Care Tips

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Depending on the flowers used in the arrangement, you can generally expect them to last anywhere from half to a full week with proper care.  By following these simple and easy to care for tips you can significantly prolong the life of your flowers.

  • Keep your flowers in a cool, temperate spot away from the sun, heaters, and electronics which may radiate heat and/or dehydrate the flowers.
  • Keep your flowers away from any air conditioning vents or fans, which may dry out the petals.
  • Use flower food, which can extend the life of your flowers by up to 50%.  You can pick this up at any local florist or at an online florist.  Some flower food can be quite expensive and can typically include additives to maintain ph and bacteria levels.  Most flower food will also need to be diluted in water.  Make sure to follow the instructions on the packet carefully, as too much or too little may not prolong the life of your flowers.
  • Make your own homemade flower food solution by adding 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon or vinegar to a pint of water.
  • Change the water and recut the stems by 1-2″ every few days.

Your flowers are a cherished gift from a loved one or friend.  Taking these easy steps to care for your flowers shows that you appreciate them and allows you to enjoy them fully for the longest time.

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