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Top tips for cut flower care DON'T Top ten plant tips
The Flowers & Plants Association recommends the following simple tips, based on the latest extensive scientific research, to ensure that your flowers last longer and look lovelier:
  • 1. Make sure vases are very clean
  • 2. Use fresh lukewarm water with commercial cut flower food added.
  • 3. Strip all leaves below the water level.
  • 4. Take at least 3cm (1") off all stems, making a slanted cut with a sharp knife or very sharp scissors.
  • 5. Avoid direct sunlight, heat, or draughts which can shorten flowers' lives.
  • 6. Keep flowers away from fruit and remove faded flowers as they occur.
  • 7. Top up the water regularly and add flower food in proportion.


Smash or pierce the stems, or use blunt scissors, as this destroys the water vessels and inhibits water uptake, and causes bacteria to multiple more quickly and over a larger area. It also causes the flower undue stress which shortens its life.

Mix daffodils and narcissi with other flowers. They emit latex from their stems when cut, which is known as `daffodil slime', and shortens the life of other flowers. Keep daffodils alone in vases, or use the special bulb cut flower food which makes them safe to mix with other flowers. You can place the daffodils in a bucket of water for at least 12 hours on their own and then arrange them with other flowers, making sure you do not cut the stem again.

Put flowers near ripening fruit – it releases tiny amounts of ethylene gas which prematurely ages flowers. Dying flowers do the same so always remove them from the vase.

Place flowers in a draught which chills the flowers, or in bright sunlight which encourages bacteria to breed. Keep them away from over-warm central heating.

Put copper coins, aspirin, lemonade, or bleach in the water. They're popular tricks but they don't work, and they can't feed your flowers adequately. Homemade formulas are messy, time-consuming and do more harm than good. Follow the care and conditioning tips for best results.

Follow our top 10 tips, to help your houseplants last longer and look lovelier:
  • 1. Pay attention to the natural habitat of the plant, & its preferred light & heat levels. Try to reproduce the conditions it would find in the wild.
  • 2. Most plants prefer to dry out a little between thorough waterings.
  • 3. Water from below - stand them in a dish of water until all the water has been taken up. Feed regularly to keep them healthy.
  • 4. Remember to use the correct plant food for flowering/foliage plants.
  • 5. Plants that like high humidity need regular, preferably daily misting; stand them in a saucer of damp pebbles to encourage additional localised humidity.
  • 6. Give broad glossy leaves an occasional wipe with a cloth.
  • 7. Pinching out the tips of some houseplants can encourage them to grow bushier; keeping flowering plants slightly potbound makes them flower more.
  • 8. Avoid strong heat or chilly draughts. Many houseplants like to be outdoors in summer - check all frosts are over first. Do not buy plants that have been standing in the cold, as they may be frostbitten.
  • 9. Check your plants regularly for signs of stress, pests or disease. Remove dead leaves and flowers as they occur.
  • 10. Enjoy your plants!
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