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How to keep flowers fresh in the peaks of winter

You only have to take a quick look across gardens in the country to notice the difference they have between seasons.

Sure, some have been built with seasonality in mind, and there are some evergreen plants out there which can make a garden look utterly wonderful all-year round. However, most don’t follow such rules, and tap into flowers which prefer either hot or cold conditions.

As today’s title may have suggested, this is all about keeping flowers fresher for longer in the colder months. In some ways, this is a little more difficult. After all, we are all told about how we should water our plants in summer as the water is constantly evaporating, but little explanation is provided for when the temperature drops.

This was a conversation that we had at home recently. We had just ordered a bouquet from Avas Flowers, after reading some really promising reviews on the Avas Flowers brand online. Unfortunately, it was bitterly cold in the area we lived and in the interests of keeping these products for as long as possible, we didn’t want to take chances. We spoke to someone at Avas Flowers who told us all about how to look after them during the colder season, and this has formed the basis of today’s post.

So, based on the above, what can we suggest? Well, firstly, resist the urge to place your flowers next to a heat source such as a radiator. Basically, these flowers need a steady temperature, so if they are next to any heating system there are going to be all sorts of fluctuations. Let’s not forget that this doesn’t have to be the classic sources of heat either; there are all sorts of appliances that emit heat in the home and all of these can wreak havoc with your flowers in winter.

The next couple of suggestions were more in keeping with so-called standard flower care tips. Trimming the stems falls into this category, for the simple reason that flowers tend to die from the bottom up. It means that when you receive a bunch, a small portion of the bottom of the stem is most probably already dead. Fortunately, the solution here is simple, and you just need to trim off a couple of centimeters from the bottom at an angle.

The quality of the water is something else that you need to stay on top of. During summer, the main issue is that this water can start to heat up, but the opposite effects can have the same results. While bacteria is less likely to grow (although it still does, so beware), water that is too cold is going to damage your flowers. As a result, keep replacing it with room temperature water, which should be sufficient in the middle of winter.

As you can see, all of the above is hardly an exact science and we’ve just detailed a few small hacks. We did notice a considerable difference with the flowers that we received though, and they lasted a lot longer than anything else that we had tried to keep in winter. Whether or not it was because of this advice we’re not sure but without running any complex studies, we’ll assume it is!

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