1. After purchasing your flower bouquet keep the flowers out of direct sun and away from heat and drafts - even a car fan can cause flowers to wilt quicker. The optimum temperature for flowers is between 5C and 10C with higher temperatures reducing the life of cut flowers. If the room that you want your flowers in is warmer then if you can remove to a cooler position at night this will prolong their vigour.
2.Cut flowers will last longer if the stems are prepared correctly. Preparing the stems helps them take up water quickly. To prepare stems:
• Cut about one-half inch off the end of the stem at about a forty-five degree angle. Don't use dull scissors to cut the stems because they can crush the stem.
• For best results, cut the stems underwater. Cutting them under water prevents air from getting into the veins in the stem of your flower.
. Make sure to cut off any leaves that will be in the water as they will decay fast in the water
• Place the stems in deep water (warm water is best as stems take up warm water faster) and leave them there for a few hours before moving them into shallower water.
3.An airlock could develop in tulips and hellebores and prevent water in the stem from getting to the flower. To prevent this, pierce through the stem at intervals with a needle.
4. The outer petals on roses are called ‘Guard Petals’. They are often darker in colour and thicker than the inner petals. These can be carefully removed together with the side foliage so you can display them at their best.