YACHT FLOWERS FACTS AND MYTH’S
Today we have the knowledge backed up by scientific research to allow us to:
- Understand what to expect from our flowers.
- Choose the best flowers for our client.
- Care and maintenance options for your flowers.
Myths and Tales to dismiss
- Put a copper coin in the water
- Add a teaspoon of sugar to the water
- Add an Aspirin to the water
- Add a teaspoon of Vodka to the water
- Add a teaspoon Cider vinegar to the water
- Hair spray blooms
There is the option to use a Professional cut flower plant food that provide natural food supplements that cut flowers need for their development. The flower food supplements and the pH balancers in cut flower foods restore the flower’s equilibrium and its resistance to cell and stem deterioration to what it was while the flower was on the plant. The accelerated aging caused by cutting the flower off the plant is slowed down. The flower develops in a natural way and the vase water does not get contaminated by the micro-organisms released in the decomposition process as it does in vases with just tap water.
Some of the most popular are brands are Chrysal flower food and Floralife.
Most important not to overdose. With these products as it will have the opposite effect.
The use of these products is not essential, you may find by following the steps below you obtain satisfactory results.
What to expect from my flowers.
Display Environment things to avoid are direct sunlight, high temperatures, exposure to Ethylene gas (this gas is given off in high quantities by fruit, vegetables and rotting foliage) so avoid placing flowers near fruit. Wind and drafts are also to be avoided and lack of water are the main reasons your flowers life will be reduced.
Below is a quick list of popular Cut flowers and an indication only of what life to expect in ideal conditions, and the above would affect their life.
Agapanthus – 6 to 12 days
Baby’s breath – (Gypsophilla) 5 to 10 days
Bird of Paradise – 7 to 14 days
Calla lily – 4 to 8 days
Peony – 5 to 10 days
Phalaenopsis Orchid – 10 to 28 Days
Chrysanthemum Sprays – 7 to 14 days
Cymbidium Orchid – 7 to 28 days
Dendrobium Orchid – 10 to 16 days
Freesia – 4 to 12 days
Hyacinth – 3 to 7 days
Hydrangea – 7 to 20 days
Iris – 2 to 6 days
Lily Hybrids – 5 to 11 days
Ranunculus – 3 to 7 days
Rose – 4 to 8 Days
Sweet pea – 3 to 7 days
Tulip – 3 to 7 days
This is just an indication and will vary.
Getting started/care and maintenance
- Start clean; use a clean vase
Make sure the vase or display container you use is clean! Any dirt or dust left in the vase upon filling with water can lead to bacteria formation which can be harmful to the flowers, thus affecting the vase life. Use tap water, the colder the better!
- Remove leaves which will fall below the water level
It’s important that no leaves come in contact with the vase water. Leaves that fall below the water level will increase the chance that bacteria forms. Again, the presence of bacteria is very harmful to the flower and will affect the longevity of the flowers life.
- Cut the stems 2cm to 5cm
At the bottom of each flower, the stem can become clogged or mushy making water uptake difficult. Therefore, it’s important to cut your stems frequently to allow for efficient hydration. Yacht Flowers recommends cutting stems 2cm to 5cm but stay closer to 2cm if you have a shorter stemmed flower. Also, be sure to cut the stems at an angle to allow the best water uptake as it exposes a greater surface area. (Hydrangeas snap by hand do not cut)
- Maintenance of your flowers to achieve a longer life
To ensure longer vase life of your fresh cut flowers, it’s important to give them a fresh trim occasionally. What many don’t know is that it’s very important to cut your stems quite frequently, Yacht Flowers recommends cutting the stems every third day cleaning the vase and adding Clean cold water.
These items listed above are the most important to achieve the best results.
What Yacht flowers will do for you
Most florists will take your order and fulfil from stock or collect from market hence the flowers could already be days old and well-travelled. Secondly, they quite often strip the leaves and wrap the flowers in pretty paper, so each time they are handled it damages the flowers and increases the ageing process dramatically in the case of some flowers they may even be fully open when you receive them.
We ask if possible that you place your order 3 to 4 days in advance we understand that this is not always possible. We then place our order direct to the importer we then receive the flowers in tip top condition which are then place into a temperature controlled cold store until delivery is required normally the same day or next therefore you receive untampered fresh flowers.
If we are to provide flowers at a short notice, we search through several importers and select the freshest flowers available.
If you would like any advice or like a guided visit to our flower market, please e-mail Andrew and Stephanie on: firstname.lastname@example.org
We can also visit you on your yacht to see if we can give any tips or suggestions to help you.
0033 6 1532 1741