The longest lasting flowers, which can thrive up to or a whisker beyond three weeks, are both those whose blossoms enjoy longevity over some of their counterparts and those which have been cared for the best. An A, two C’s and a surprising letter O top the list for longest lasting blooms:
Alstromeria are fanciful for their flower colors and color schemes, cluster growth and greenery. It’s a one size fits all, stand-alone kind of floral stem that does not always need anything else, though baby’s breath and other flowers get along nicely in a vase as a group. Most stems are very long and work well in tall vases.
Carnations are famous the world over as boutonnière flowers, but their versatility in color, structure and hardiness make them an ideal choice for fresh cut flower bouquets. Their circular petals can be two-tone, frilly or feather-y, and a bouquet of different styles and colors makes a stunning display. Spray stem, mini-carnations make a very sweet statement for their multiple, diminutive blooms.
Chrysanthemums may be most often associated with autumn, but they are available in a riot of colors all year long. Small blooms grow as a spray of several blossoms on one stem, while larger flowers are sported atop just one stem. The spider mum variety exhibits a contemporary flair with its spiky elements. Managed well, mums can accent your home or office for into and beyond the 20-day mark.
Most all the orchid flowers last up to three weeks with the cymbidiums the least delicate of blooms. The blossoms have an exotic appeal and can stand solo and create a dramatic effect all by themselves. Coming in shades of yellow, red, green, pink and white, orchids number some 25,000 species, and they have a bilateral symmetry. Akin to the human face, you can draw a line down the middle of an orchid bloom and see that the sides mirror one another.
Caring properly for fresh flowers contributes mightily to longevity, and it begins with washing the vase no matter where it has been stored. Bacteria can live in a dry vase for months, so immersing it in soapy water and rinsing well is a best first step. Cutting stems underwater on an angle accomplishes two things: Air cannot seep into the stem where it needs water, and the stem will not rest flat on the bottom of the vase potentially blocking its consumption of water.
Despite what you may have read for adding nourishment, packets of flower food are the best. You can find homemade flower preservative recipes online as well, but forget the aspirin, copper penny and others. Change the water daily, angle-cut the stems often and remove leaves under water and old blossoms. Set your fresh flowers away from direct sunlight because they are inclined to lean toward it, and away from heat vents to prevent premature drying out. With a smart order of long-lasting flowers from bloomstoday.com and a few simple efforts, you or someone you send flowers to can enjoy a fresh cut flower bouquet across a few weeks.
By Joanne M. Anderson