From Bloom to Room: Tips for Making Your Cut Flowers Last

Here are a few insightful and helpful tips, provided by professional florists so your flowers can stay alive for a longer time.

By: LIZA LATIF | 19-04-2023 | 4 min read
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For us, at The Bali Florist, being a florist is more than just arranging pretty flowers - it's about creating joy and happiness for our clients and their loved ones. That's why on this occasion we'd love to share five great tips to make your cut flowers last longer.

Sharing Our Love for Flowers Along With Great Tips to Make Them Flourish

Nothing beats the pleasure of watching someone's face light up when they get a lovely bouquet. But, as much as we adore our floral masterpieces, it may be unnerving to send them out into the world and not know how they're doing. Do they long for us? Are they still looking great?


Bali Florist tips to keep your flowers longer
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Our customers frequently ask us how to keep their flowers looking fresh and colorful for as long as possible. And, let's face it, it's not always simple, especially in Bali with its tropical temperature and unpredictable weather.

That's why we include a small care card with every bouquet we send out. We want to ensure that our floral buddies are taken care of long after they leave our shop. So, if you've ever stared at a bunch of flowers and wondered how to keep them alive and kicking, we've got you covered with our Bali Florist tips and tricks. Check out our best recommendations for extending the life of your cut flowers. Your flowers will appreciate it (even if they can't express themselves).

5 Florist Tips to Keep Your Cut Flowers Alive for a Longer Time

We've gathered five tips from incredible florists that have worked with us in order to ensure your flowers last longer. Take note of these amazing tips:

1. Cool and Collected: Ideal Temperatures for Floral Bliss

First and foremost, remember that your flowers, like your pals, dislike the heat! As a result, avoid exposing them to direct sunlight or placing them near a heat source. Instead, find a cool, shady location for them to relax and simply bloom. Your flowers will be grateful and thank you with a longer presence n your life when you treat them well.


Five tips to make your blooms last for a longer period of time
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2. Cleanliness Is Next to Flowerliness: The Importance of a Tidy, Comfy Vase

Next, make sure your flowers have a clean and comfortable location to remain in. Choose a vase large enough to allow them to stretch out and breathe. Don't forget to change the water in the vase on a daily basis to maintain it clean and fresh. Speaking of water, your flowers require it just as much as you do your daily coffee or tea. So, keep the water level up and some plant food on hand to give them a boost. It's like a flower spa day!


The importance of a tidy vase to make flowers last longer
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3. Little Snip Goes a Long Way: The Art of Stem Trimming

Cutting the stems of your flowers daily is a key step in helping your bouquet last longer. When a flower is cut, the stem's natural defense mechanisms are activated, causing the stem to seal off its water supply. This process can shorten the life of your flowers.


The art of stem trimming is a great tip for more blooming flowers
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You may prevent this sealing process from occurring by removing a small piece from the bottom of the stem each day, allowing your flowers to continue to absorb water and nutrients. To make the cut at a 45-degree angle, use a sharp, clean pair of scissors or pruning shears. This angle provides a wider surface area for the bloom to absorb water, potentially extending its life. Don't worry, it's not like trimming your flowers will offend them.

4. Trim the Dead Weight of Your Flowers

Your flowers are like party guests - you want them to look their best for as long as possible! But just like that one guest who won't stop coughing and spreading germs around, dead leaves and petals can promote the growth of bacteria and bring down the whole bunch. So show your flowers some love and remove any decaying bits, giving them a little grooming while you're at it by removing any leaves or foliage that will be submerged in the vase water. By keeping your stems trimmed and clean, you can help your flowers stay fresh and vibrant for longer.

5. Forever Blooming: The 'Simple' Art of Drying Flowers Organically

If you really want to get fancy, you can even try preserving your flowers by drying them out. Who knew flowers could have a second life as decoration? You can check our earlier blog article on how to dry your own flowers at home.


Preservation of cut flowers
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Liza Latif

Armed with a background in hotel and digital marketing, Liza Aila Latif never strayed far from her mother’s early influence; growing up as the daughter of a florist in bustling Jakarta shaped her love for nature and an appreciation for the beauty of the Earth’s flora. Her work and family life have given her the opportunity to live and travel around the world. Led by her husband's work opportunity in mid-2013, she and her family decided to deurbanize and move to Bali for a back-to-basics lifestyle – one that allows her to enjoy the outdoors and balanced life. "The desire to bring the splendor of flowers and the gifting of beauty in one collective activity is what guides my passion. I am inspired to bring a smile through thoughtful gifts and gestures, as much as I’m able to put my own creative touches to the beautiful elements I work with. I love that there are endless possibilities in creating the floral designs from The Bali Florist, as much as the blessings that will accompany each."



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