If you should receive some lovely flowers for Valentine’s Day here are some tips on how to show them off to their best, and how to ensure they last.
Hand-ties and Aquapacks
A hand-tie simply means the florist has arranged the flowers in their hand, spiralling and angling the stems to create the rounded design you see above. To show off this type of design to its best choose a vase which is wider enough for the stems to remain angled – the more squashed the stems the more the flowers will push together at the top. I find a fishbowl vase works well, or you can buy a specific hand-tie vase like this. If your flowers arrive not in water, remember to recut the stems before placing in the vase of water.
Some hand-ties come in an aquapack – which is a cellophane wrapping that holds a ball of water around the stems. This has the advantage of keeping the flowers constantly in water, with no immediate rush to get the stems into water. This is how my flowers were packaged.
It is possible, but not ideal to keep the flowers in the aquapack – but remember to top up the water level by holding the bouquet over a sink and slowly pour water into the centre of the flowers. It is better if you can to remove the aquapack and put the flowers in a vase.
To remove the aquapack hold the flowers over a sink and pierce the ball of water – let the water drain away. Remove the outer cellophane packaging, but do not cut through the twine underneath that binds the actual flowers. You will only need to recut the stems if they are too long for your vase.
Whether you receive a bouquet like those above or a single rose, the general care advice is the same.
- Recut the stems using sharp scissors/secateurs ideally on an angle
- Remove any lower leaves
- Use rose flower food if possible – diluted in lukewarm water
- Find a clean vase that suits the shape of the flower arrangement
- Keep away from direct heat and sunlight, drafts and fruit
- Keep the water level topped up
- Enjoy their rich, velvety beauty