Flowers are a joy for the soul, a delight for the eyes, a relaxation for the mind. Ever since ancient times, plants and flowers have beautified people's homes and completed any important event in their lives in a fabulous way.
And today, flowers are part of our lives, we like to take care of flowers in pots, to fill our house with color and inviting perfumes, especially when you stay in a green space, everything becomes much more relaxing.
In addition, at important events, flowers are indispensable, whether it is a wedding, a baptism or an anniversary. We like to receive and give flowers, we enjoy like children an arrangement received or offered with a lot of love, we love the color and the delicate texture of the petals. But, in order to enjoy them for as long as possible, we must know how to take care of them, to keep them fresh for as long as possible (if it's about arrangements in sponges or bouquets) or to be able to be proud of impressive pots for whole years (when we talk about flowers in pots).
In the following article you will find out how to care for flowers, what you need to do to enjoy their fragrance and company for a long time, but you will also find some useful tips and tricks for flower care depending on the season.
3.1. Spring flower care
3.2. Summer flower care
3.3. Autumn flower care
3.4. Flower care in winter
1. Caring for flowers - a fabulous hobby with numerous health benefits
If you are among the people who love flowers and always like to have plants around them, you should know that you belong to that category of people with much better health. Besides the benefit known to everyone, the one related to photosynthesis and cleaning the air then (in the process of photosynthesis, green plants consume carbon dioxide and release oxygen), there is another one known to few: those who always have plants around them green or flowering plants and take care of them are happier! The well-being comes from the fact that when you take care of a plant, the mind relaxes, forgets about everyday problems and thus those who take care of plants enjoy a better life.
What does flower care mean?
Just as some people make friends with animals and adopt a cat or a puppy, other people love flowers and consider them loyal friends.
When you take care of a flower, you have to worry about its life (which can be quite fragile if you don't know exactly what to do): how much light it needs, how many times a week it needs to be watered, what temperature it feels like the best, etc.
All these things are different depending on the species, thus, if for an orchid you will need a special "soil" and water once a week, for roses you will need more water, a loose soil (not formed from gravel) and a lot of light.
Each flower is different, each flower is beautiful in its own way, each flower needs special attention and care.
In addition, the great benefit that flowers bring is that they can regulate your blood pressure (when you take care of them), they can ward off depression and they freshen your air.
2. Flower care - how to turn your home into a relaxing space
A house full of flowers is a house where you really feel at home, a magical place where you feel good, where everything seems much more beautiful. Especially if there are beautiful floral arrangements, both on the coffee table in the living room and on the bedside table in the bedroom.
Flowers are a blessing, they radically change your home and give you a feeling of well-being. But how do you keep them fresh for as long as possible? Here are some useful tips!
How to keep flowers fresh for as long as possible
When you receive or buy a bouquet of flowers, you must take into account several steps so that the flowers stay fresh and look good for as long as possible.
- carefully remove all the packaging from the flowers.
- do not remove the string or elastic from a hand-tied bouquet, as it holds the bouquet together in its arranged form. It can be removed once the flowers are in the vase.
- cut approx. 2-3cm at an angle, with a sharp pair of scissors or a knife, from the base of each stem. Cutting at an angle will result in a larger area for your flowers to drink from.
- remove the leaves from the stems that will be below the waterline in the vase.
- place the bouquet in a clean vase filled with fresh water, preferably at room temperature. Add the "flower food" following the directions on the envelope.
- arrange the flowers in the vase somewhere away from drafts, direct sunlight, heat sources - all these factors affect how fresh your flowers will be.
- avoid placing the flower vase next to fruits or vegetables, especially bananas and apples.
Ripening fruits release an invisible, odorless gas called ethylene. This gas is harmless to humans but deadly to flowers. (It turns out that in the plant world, flowers are the precursors to fruit. Once a flower is pollinated, it begins to develop into a fruit so that it can form a seed. Ethylene is the gaseous hormone in the plant that causes that flower to lose its petals and become a fruit. As the fruit ripens, it continues to release ethylene). Thus, when you place the vase of flowers next to the ripening fruits, you expose them to this gas, and they will wither much faster!
- cut the stems again every 3 days and change the water. Fill the vase with water when necessary.
Floral arrangements in sponge
These are special because the flowers have already been arranged, there is no need to remove anything, do not try to remove their stems from the foam or sponge.
When you receive or buy a floral arrangement, don't forget to check how humid the area where the plants are placed is, and if it needs water, don't hesitate to water it.
To extend the life of the floral arrangement, add water to the container every two to 3 days. If you like, you can keep the flowers in their original packaging, but make sure you add fresh water every 2-3 days.
The new planets (the newly replanted ones)
Never feed a new plant. A plant that moves from the garden to your home is stressed and will need a month or two to adapt to its new environment. However, make sure to always remove dead flowers and damaged or yellowed leaves.
You can also remove dry branches with special scissors.
3. Caring for apartment flowers depending on the season. What you have to do to keep them healthy every season
Apartment flowers need special care, depending on the season. If in the spring you will be careful to separate the young from the mother plants, in the summer you will need to change the soil, and in the winter you will have to ensure a constant temperature.
For each season there is a special treatment for plants, which it is recommended to take into account, so that your flowers look good, be healthy and grow happily.3.1. Spring flower care
Spring is the season in which the green plants are reborn, in which the trees blossom, the grass is reborn and grows covering the meadows with a raw green blanket, the spring flowers make their way in the cold air and perfume the gardens with their sweet fragrance.
Although houseplants are always warm and enjoy all your attention, spring is coming for them too.
Thus, when the warm season approaches, the flowers must prepare for the arrival of spring. You can change their soil, you can put them closer to the natural light source and you can clean them of dead leaves more often, spring is the time when everything is reborn, and your flowers need special attention.
3.2. Summer flower care
Summer is everyone's favorite season, vacation being the first word associated with this season. But, for your flowers, it is the time when they enjoy the warmth, the light, the sun's rays.
But, because they are apartment flowers and have constant temperatures all year round, when summer comes it's time to protect them from the direct rays of the sun, don't keep them in excessive heat because they can suffer and die.
3.3. Autumn flower care
Autumn is the season in which nature goes to rest, to prepare for winter, so that later it comes back more alive, greener, happier. And the flowers you have in your apartment need rest, preparation for the cold season, even if they are always at the right temperature and light.
Thus, you can change the soil of your plants, those that have grown can be moved to larger pots, and those that have grown can be placed in separate pots. Clean them well of leaves and dry twigs and now your flowers are ready for the cold season!
3.4. Caring for flowers in winter
Winter is the season when nature rests, when trees hibernate, and green plants dry up to be reborn in spring.
However, the plants you have in your apartment need special treatment in the cold season. Thus, the care of flowers in winter must be carefully carried out, especially if you have different plants, which need different temperatures and humidity.
Try to have a constant temperature in the place where you keep the flowers, with as much light as possible, especially since the length of the day is extremely short in winter, and the plants need this for photosynthesis.4. Flowers, a joy for the soul. How to take care of them to keep them as long as possible
Flowers bring smiles, flowers are a miracle of nature, they are made to make souls happy, to complete magical events, to bring good cheer.
If you love to always fill your home with bouquets and flower arrangements, you must know exactly how to take care of them in order to enjoy them as much as possible.
Choose a vase that is half the height of the flowers. If the bouquet is heavy at the bottom, use a narrower vase, and if the top is overwhelming, very rich, use a wider one. Make sure the vase is clean before use. Let the vase dry naturally, because using a towel can introduce bacteria that can cause the flowers to deteriorate more quickly.
Fill the vase two-thirds full with water - use warm water because the flowers can drink it faster. Avoid using water that is too hot or too cold, as this can shock the delicate flowers. If necessary, let the filled vase sit to allow the water to reach room temperature. Add flower food - this contains sugar to feed the flowers and bleach to slow the growth of algae and bacteria.
If you take into account all these solutions and useful tips in flower care, you will enjoy your favorite bouquets and arrangements for a longer period of time. Moreover, your apartment flowers will grow faster and be more vigorous.
All you have to do is grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy it with your favorite flowers!
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