"How do I make my flowers last" is probably the number 1 question that we get here at Florious, and if we had to tell you just one thing to do, it would be to CHANGE THE WATER IN YOUR VASE EVERY DAY. Seriously, we can't stress enough the effect it will have on the vase life of your flowers. And if we were allowed to give you one more piece of advice on extending your bouquet's longevity, it would be to trim the flower stems every other day.
Fortunately, we're able to give you more than two pieces of advice regarding your flower care here on our blog, and today we're taking a look at the flower food packets that we include with your bouquet delivery. You may have noticed that we changed formulas recently, to Floralife Express Universal 300. And if you took a close look at the packets, you would have seen that this new formula eliminates the need for you to trim the stems of your bouquet. According to its description,
"Express Universal 300 is our newest flower food innovation. Appropriate for all flower types, Express Universal 300 provides hydration and nutrition to the fresh cut flower, even if you do not recut the stems! This is our Express Technology - NO STEM RECUT required..."
Sounds great, but does it work? Well, we tested it out on a few stems of cut flowers from our amazing friends at Sieck-Wright Floral Products in Hightstown, NJ (and some bouquets of mixed flowers, but those results are coming in a later blog.) They were kind enough to provide some of the most beautiful Candlelight Delphinium we've ever seen as well as some Shamrock Hydrangea.
For our test, we had half of the flowers in Floralife Express 300 Solution (the flowers at the back) and half in just water (the flowers at the front.) We never cut the stems on the Floralife flowers, but we did cut the non-Floralife stems every other day. We changed the water for all of the flowers every day.
Unfortunately, the hydrangea in the flower food did not last without a stem recut, so the rest of the test ended up being on just the delphinium.
By day 3, you could see that the delphinium in plain water were opening more quickly.
By day 6, the bottom-most blooms on the delphinium in plain water had started to drop
On day 7, we started to notice the color of the delphiniums in plain water starting to fade, while those in the flower food solution were still going strong.
By Day 9, most of the delphinium stems in plain water had wilted, with the last few completely bloomed and fading. The delphinium in the flower food solution were starting to drop their bottom-most blooms but were still quite vibrant in color.
We're still going to trim our hydrangea stems with this flower food, it does live up to its promise of keeping flowers alive and vibrant in the vase without having to cut stems for the delphinium. Keep an eye out for our next blog post to see what happens when we use this on mixed bouquets!