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How to Care for Cut Flower Bouquets

Each type and variety of flower has a different life span. In general, the following applies to all cut flower bouquets: caring for them in the right way helps them to last longer.

1. The Proper Tool

It all depends on the cut! Use only a sharp knife to cut the stems. Cutting them with scissors can damage or crush the tiny tubes that transport water to the flower.

The exception to this rule are blossoming twigs. Cut these with garden shears.

Tip: Cut roses at a long angle (approx. 5 cm).

2. Vase

Place your flowers in a clean vase. Glass vases are particularly good because they can be easily cleaned and clearly show the water level.
Place your flowers in water immediately after cutting them.

Tip: Make sure the leaves do not touch the water in the vase. By doing so, you prevent mold bacteria from forming.

3. Cut Flower Preservative

So you can enjoy your cut flowers longer, mix the preservative with the water. It prevents the formation of bacteria and mold.

4. Location

Do not place your cut flowers in direct sunlight. Keep them away from drafts. The best location is a cool place.

Tips for Flower Lovers

How well do flowers and fruit get along?

Fruit emits ethylene gas. This gas reduces the life span of cut flowers. Therefore, keep your fruit away from your flowers.

How should I care for roses, carnations, and orchids?

Direct sunlight, drafts, and ethylene gas (exhaust gases from fruit or cigarettes) negatively influence these three types of cut flowers. Be sure to put them in the proper location.

How should I care for tulips?

In contrast to other types of cut flowers, tulips do best in cold water.

How should I care for sunflowers and poppies?

Cut the stem of the sunflower or poppy and then burn it for a few seconds with a lighter before placing it in water. You can hold the stem under hot water for a few seconds instead. This enables the cut flowers to soak up water like a sponge.

Must I care for daffodils in a special way?

Daffodils excrete a secretion harmful to other flowers. Cut their stems and let them stand in a vase by themselves for one day. After this period of time you can return them to the other cut flowers.

What can I do for wilting and drooping cut flowers?

Help for wilting flowers: Cut the stems, roll the flowers tightly in newspaper or regular paper and submerge them in lukewarm water for 3-12 hours.

Old Wives' Tales and Mistakes

Aspirin in vase water? Yes or no?

No! The acid from the aspirin does not make the stems more rigid.

Tip: Use flower preservatives, but only the proper amount. (Follow the instructions on the package)

Sugar in vase water? Yes or no?

No! Sugar is good for cut flowers, but only the correct amount.
Too much sugar in water leads to the formation of mold bacteria.

Tip: Use flower preservatives, but only the proper amount. (Follow the instructions on the package)

Tipps zur Pflege und sicheren Verwendung von Adventkränzen

1. Adventkranz ab und zu mit Wasser besprühen. Deko-Teile und Bänder aussparen.
2. Adventkranz auf einen feuerfesten Untersatz stellen.
3. Stets ausreichend Abstand zu brennbaren Gegenständen wie Vorhängen und Tischdekoration halten.
4. Kerzendocht bei Bedarf kürzen.
5. Angezündete Kerzen niemals unbeaufsichtigt lassen.
6. Kinder und Tiere niemals mit angezündeten Kerzen unbeaufsichtigt lassen.
7. Dekoration am Kranz nicht essbar!

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