Flowers, these marvelous vegetal beings that decorate and make our gardens and homes more cheerful. With their wonderful and multiple colors they give us joy and good humor even on days when we are sad or melancholy. They come in various shapes and sizes, but all are loaded with beauty and poetry. In order to keep their beauty longer, cut flowers need care and attention that we will explain to you in the following paragraphs; we can pick them from our garden or buy them in specialized shops.
I buy cut flowers
When we buy cut flowers we must always pay attention to some precautions. First of all, the stem must be observed, it must be wet in the lower part, first with black spots or an unpleasant odor; then there are the leaves to observe, they must not appear soft or withered. Another thing to check will be the petals of the cut flowers which must not be deformed or dark in color. As for the buds, they must be too open, but to the extent that is sufficient to show the color of the flower.
The collection also has rules. First of all it is good to remember that if a flower is cut when the bud is still too closed, it will be very difficult for it to open, on the contrary if it were too open its duration would be very short. The most suitable times of the day for harvesting are: in the morning or in the evening, however never in the hottest hours or on days full of wind.
After purchasing or harvesting cut flowers, you will have to proceed with cutting the stems; it is a very important operation that must be carried out with the use of well-clean and sharp tools. Typically the cut should be done obliquely.
Once the stems have been cut, the next step will be to clean them of any leaves or thorns for the whole part that will be immersed in water. Of course, it will also be necessary to remove damaged, dry or broken leaves and petals.
For decoration or sale
According to their destination, cut flowers are divided into business and shop flowers. The first are those that will be used immediately or in a short time, for example to decorate the church for a wedding; the latter instead are those that will be sold in the shop, then they will be placed in water and displayed in jars. The latter will certainly need more specific care as they will have to be very beautiful and healthy in order to be sold.
First of all, however, you need to adopt some good habits to extend the life of the flowers. These should always be adopted even when no other tricks are used. First of all you need to pay attention to the position of the flowers. These should not be placed in direct light but not even in the dark. It is also important to change the water regularly and that it is not too hot or too cold.
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It is also recommended to shorten the stem slightly every day. Dead leaves or those below the water level must also be removed. After applying these tips, however, we can still extend the life of our flowers.
Flowers Shop Varisco - Gorgonzola Flowers Shop
Since 1969, the Varisco Florist has been a point of reference in Gorgonzola and its surroundings for anyone wishing to choose a green or flowering plant, for those who want to give a bouquet of flowers, for those who need to create a floral arrangement for an important event. Growing up in his parents' shop, Pietro Varisco undertook this job from a very young age and continues to carry it out with competence, experience and passion.
From private ceremonies to the inaugurations of commercial activities, set-ups for events and ceremonies, we are able to follow you in the choice of fresh cut flowers, live or artificial plants most suitable for every occasion. Come and visit us at the historic headquarters in via Giuseppe Parini n. 1 in Gorgonzola, along the Martesana canal. We will accompany you to discover a world full of emotions, colors and scents ...
Flowers and plants respecting nature
Plants and flowers accompany us in the most important moments of life, making them even more special. For this reason, being a florist is a unique profession. The florist must know how to combine the passion for nature and the expertise in the vast field of floriculture with the sensitivity necessary to understand the customer's wishes and expectations, and then satisfy them with creativity and good taste.
In our shop in Gorgonzola a wide selection of green, succulent and flowering plants awaits you to bring a touch of color and liveliness to your home, terrace or garden. We are available to give you all the advice you need to keep your indoor and outdoor plants healthy. Furthermore, we take care of the creation of floral compositions to celebrate the special occasions of your private and professional life for Gorgonzola and neighboring towns. In addition to making bouquets of flowers according to your instructions, we take care of the home delivery of your floral gifts in the province of Milan.
10 plants to grow for cut flowers
If you like to have your home always colored with fresh and fragrant flowers, the ideal is to have plants in the garden that can provide cut flowers to create beautiful bouquets.
There are ornamental plants whose flowers can be easily used to create bouquets to keep at home, in elegant or colored vases, made of glass or other material ... indulge yourself in your choice, following your personal taste: let yourself be inspired by indoor vases. The flowers must have long stems, of course, which can be cut at the base when they are still in bud, or just open.
What are the most used species to obtain cut flowers?
There are many species of ornamental plants whose flowers can be cut to create bouquets. Here are some of them, the best known and easiest to grow:
Chinese asters (Callistephus chinensis) produce many brightly colored daisy-shaped flowers throughout the summer: choose the long-stemmed varieties if you want to use them to make bouquets of cut flowers!
Chinese stars - Photo Pixabay
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) produces erect inflorescences up to 120cm long throughout the summer, composed of brightly colored tubular flowers from the simplest white to yellow to pink in its many shades.
Colorful snapdragons - photo Pixabay
Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) give typically blue-blue flowers, carried by stems over 50cm long, they are ideal for giving a touch of elegance to bouquets.
Celestial Cornflowers - Photo Pixabay
Freesias (Fresia refracta or F. Corymbosa) are bulbous, perennial species that every year, starting from May, emit inflorescences carried by an arched stem, composed of variously colored trumpet flowers.
Freesias. not only yellow - photo Pixabay
The Carnations of the poets (Dianthus barbatus) are characterized by the rich bunch inflorescences composed of single flowers with fringed petals of various colors, generally white, pink, purple, or even two-colored, very lively.
Carnations of the poets - photo Pixabay
Gladioli (Gladiolus spp.) Are bulbous plants that are inevitable in a garden: every year they emit long erect inflorescences, up to over one meter long, composed of soft colored flowers, white, pink, salmon, yellow ...
Gladioli of different colors - photo Pixabay
Irises (Iris barbata) are showy flowers, of a very intense purple color: they can be used for creating brightly colored bouquets.
Iris barbata - Photo Pixabay
The Iceland poppy (Papaver croceum) is very delicate, its flowers have petals that appear to be made of tissue paper. They can be yellow, orange or even pink… I like them very much!
Delicate Iceland Poppies - Photo Pixabay
Roses, obviously, in the shrub varieties, with flowers carried by long and erect stems, are the queens of flowers, inevitable in bouquets of a certain importance!
Roses are the best known and most popular cut flowers ever - photo by the author
Statice (Limonium sinuatum), is more suitable for bunches of dried flowers: it has the peculiarity of keeping its bright colors even after it has dried, thus obtaining a very long-lasting effect!
Statice Flowers - Photo Pixabay
- Cut the flowers early in the morning, when they have not yet warmed up under the sun of the day they will be fresher and will last longer!
- To cut them, always use scissors with very sharp and clean blades, making the cut preferably oblique in this way, the absorbent surface will be greater.
- Eliminate the basal leaves of the stem, so as to limit the loss of water by evapotranspiration.
- Change the water in the vase every day, to have fresh flowers for longer.
- Use sachets of mineral salts for cut flowers to dissolve in water: they will nourish your flowers and make them last longer.
Dedicate an area of the garden to the cultivation of these flowers: a flower bed or even just borders!
Copper coins and sugar
Copper is the solution to keep our cut flowers alive longer. This happens because copper works as a fungicide and fungi are one of the causes that leads them to die quickly. The best thing to do, therefore, is to add a few copper coins and a teaspoon of sugar to the flower water. Copper will keep fungi and bacteria away and will extend the life of our flowers. In addition, sugar will help prolong their life by providing them with the nutrients they need to make them live longer.
Cut flowers advice
On Valentine's Day or for any other occasion or even a simple gesture of love, a very welcome gift for women is certainly a nice bouquet.
Too bad that once cut flowers will begin to lose their beauty and will only be able to offer colors and scents for a short time.
How can we increase the life of our flowers? What are the tips to put into practice to keep cut flowers longer?
Here comes the grandmother's tricks and remedies:
Increase the shelf life of the flowers with sugar
Before placing our flowers in the vase, add a little sugar to the water in the vase.
Magically our flowers will enjoy greater longevity!
Cutting the flowers
The cut also plays an important role in the duration of the flowers. In fact, it will be necessary to make an oblique cut that allows the flowers to absorb water better.
It is advisable to make the cut with sharp scissors that allow a clean cut, without bending, crushing or fraying of the stems.
Periodically change the water
Water also plays a role in the life of flowers. Every 3/4 days the water in the jar must be changed.
It is good not to overdo it with the amount of water that must be filled up to about half the length of the stems of our flowers.
WE MAKE CUT FLOWERS LAST
If we have received a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Valentine's Day, but even a single rose deserves attention, we must know that we can make it live for a long time in a vase of water as long as we take some precautions.
If we receive a bouquet of flowers in the office or away from home and we know that it will take a few hours before we can put them in the home vase, put them on a sink so as to keep the base of the stems in water or put them in a clean bucket at the time of transport we wrap the base of the flowers in newsprint to prevent them from dripping and to prevent the flowers from losing moisture.
As soon as we get home, let's free them from their packaging and choose a vase of suitable height. Generally, the amount of water must reach just under half the height of the stem.
We always cut the base of the drums for a few centimeters, using sharp scissors and cutting on the bias in order to increase the water absorption surface. We eliminate the lower leaves to avoid that there are any dipped (they would rot quickly).
Put a teaspoon of vinegar or half aspirin into the water or, if we have any, a teaspoon of brown sugar. We leave our bunch of flowers in a bright position, away from heat sources and change the water every day if, by doing so, we discover that the base of the stem is mushy or tends to rot, cut a piece and put the bunch back together. A little "green" among the flowers, in addition to enhancing their beauty, can help keep the flowers fresh, creating a more humid microclimate. Some flowers deserve special treatment: those with hollow stems (such as amarillis, zinnias or dahlias) should be cauterized by passing the base of the stem over the flame of the stove for a few seconds. Plants whose stems contain latex (euphorbia, oleander) must be cut by holding the stem under warm water to prevent the latex from solidifying and preventing the absorption of water. Finally, if we want to keep some branches in water (peach blossoms, forsythia, etc.), we cut the base of the stem and then crush it with a hammer to break it and increase the absorption surface.
If our vase is transparent, we can give it an extra touch of elegance by putting colored sand, marbles and gravel together with the water: the stems will remain firmly in the desired position and the effect will be even better.