There is no sight as appealing than flowers in full bloom. An epitome of beauty and freshness, they spread happiness and have a positive effect on our mood. They really boost up our energy levels and decreases the feelings of depression and anxiety. And the equally dreary visual is seeing the beautiful flowers wilting. We agree that flowers eventually wither but with little care and maintenance, their life-span can be increased a little longer.
We have put together a few simple care tips that will help your blossoms survive longer than usual.
The care tips for flowers are divided into two sections – 1) For garden flowers & 2) For cut flowers
For Garden Flowers
- While taking care of garden flowers, the first and foremost step is to provide them with sufficient sunlight as per the requirement. When you purchase flowers, they come along with a tag which includes information about the amount of sunlight they require, such as full sun, partial sun, partial shade or shade.
- If your flowers are receiving more than the required amount of sunlight, the leaves and flower petals start to dry out. And if your flowers are not receiving enough sunlight, you’ll notice fewer flowers and scarce growth.
- Water is another important resource for plants. The excess of water due to overwatering or abundance of rainwater can rot and wilt the flowers leaves and turn them yellow or brown. It is crucial to ensure that your plant has proper drainage that doesn’t interfere with their respiration.
- Similarly, under watering your plants can slow down their growth, make the soil dry and dry out the leaves.
- Different flowers thrive well in different types of soil. The clay soil has poor drainage which is able to retain nutrients while the sandy soil has excellent drainage, but the nutrients are often drained out as the water passes through the soil.
- It is crucial to consider the pH of the soil for gardening. In the acidic soil, the nutrients dissolve fast and become exhausted when water drains. While in the alkaline soil, the nutrients do not dissolve fast enough. Neutral soil is the best type of soil that helps flowers and plants thrive well.
- The soil quality can be improved with the addition of organic matter. The manure, peat moss, leaves, and organic mulches are the best types of organic matter that can be used as a fertilizer. Along with the organic matter, mix in lime, sulfur or the fertilizer that you need.
For Cut Flowers
- First of all, clean the vase with hot water and bleach in which you are going to place flowers. Dry it out completely with a piece of cloth.
- Cut the stems of the flowers about one to two inches at 45-degree angle. It allows them to absorb more water and ensure the longevity of the flowers.
- Trim the extra leaves that go below the water line in the flower vase. Because if they stay in the water for a long time can cause bacterial growth that leads to bad smell and flower infection.
- Add lukewarm water to the flower vase. Keep changing the fresh water every alternate day to help flowers survive longer.
- Add flower food to the water in the vase to create a suitable atmosphere for the freshly cut flowers. Avoid overdosing, as that may prove to be harmful to flowers.
- Keep the freshly cut flowers in shade or an area with the cool temperature. Keep them away from the direct sunlight or the electric appliances that releases heat.
- Always keep them away from fruits and vegetable, as they release ethylene gas that can be harmful to flowers.
Follow the steps mentioned above to make sure the flowers shine brightly in your garden and at home.