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Conditioning Fresh Cut Flowers and Foliage

Prolong the life of fresh flowers...
flowers should be in prime condition before pressing them


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Condition Your Fresh Flowers and Foliages

Flower Care

To get as much from each bloom as possible pick flowers in an early budding stage They can last up to 2 weeks with proper care. Your flowers will appear dramatically different after a few hours of hydration, if you follow the instructions below.

If you intend to use an absorption dye to color your flowers before pressing them, you will add your fresh flower dye during this step

Hydrate flowers for a few hours using clean vases or containers. Wash your vases in bleach for best results and increased longevity of your flowers.

Add floral food to the water to protect against bacteria and provide additional nutrients to the flower. Pre-measured Packages of Chrysal Flower Food

If you don't have flower food, a teaspoon of sugar works. Fresh flower food contains a bacteriostatic agent and sugar. When using sugar, make sure your container has been washed with bleach, since the water in the vase will lack protection from bacteria.

Follow the directions on the floral food label. \Incorrect mixtures may reduce the life of the flower.

  1. Remove all leaves which will be below water in the vase. Leaves in the water will rot and create bacteria that will shorten the life of the flowers.
  2. Cut stems at an angle at least 1 inch off the base of each flower using a sharp knife or scissors or greater water uptake.
  3. Place flowers in water with correct amount of flower food.
  4. Keep flowers in a cool, well ventilated place out of direct sunlight, not too close to heating or cooling vents, and never on the top of televisions or radiators to avoid dehydration.
  5. Avoid placing flowers near fruits and vegetables as they give off an ethylene gas that will shorten the life of flowers.
  6. Change the water every two to three days (by igor at dresshead fashion). When changing water, clean the vase, add flower food, and re-cut the stems.

Floral Hydration Solution:Quick Dip Instant Flower Hydration Pretreatment for Fresh Flowers

To dramatically improve water uptake and increase