SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – While the rush of getting Valentine’s Day flowers has passed, consumers are now faced with a new challenge – keeping these bouquets alive for as long as possible.
Groceries, gas and rent are not the only goods and services that have been experiencing inflation this year. Valentine’s Day flower prices have increased as well, causing floral shop customers to pay more money than usual on their arrangements.
What are some of the best ways to keep these flowers as the kitchen table centerpiece for more than just a few days?
While many think that water and sunlight is the magic potion for keeping flowers standing upright, it is a little more complicated than that. Laurie Harter, a part-time employee at Westcott Florist in Syracuse and a landscaping business owner herself, stresses the importance of having a correct sun-to-water ratio.
“The more sun it gets, the quicker it may dry out,” said Harter. “So just keep in mind if it’s a sunny location, keep checking the water.”
Harter also gave some tips and tricks to keep in mind when caring for a bouquet:
- Constantly refresh the water in the vase
- Use the provided fertilizer packet to give flowers extra nutrients
- Cut the tips of the stems off of each flower
- Try to display the bouquet in a low-temperature room to keep it fresh
This year, some plant-purchasers opted for a more non-traditional route and purchased a succulent or starter plant for their loved one. It is important to make note of the difference in care between a bouquet of flowers and a succulent, said Harter.
“The vase flowers want water, water, water. Whereas the succulents … you gotta be careful not to overwater them. So they don’t want much water. So you have to give water to them sparingly.”
Tips such as the ones given by Harter can help keep a Valentine’s Day bouquet on display.