We put together a list of care tips that you might find useful, so you can focus on the creative side

Tap water: The temperature of tap water is generally between 10 – 15 ºC. Filling vases with tap water is simple and it’s usually available. Add flower food and it becomes perfect vase water for cut flowers that dissolves air bubbles in the stem at the same time as feeding the flowers.
True – the best and easiest option!

Ice water: stem ends of flowers coming from dry storage may be dried out and air pockets may develop inside the stems. These air bubbles clog the vascular bundles, which decreases water absorption. Ice water dissolves these air bubbles, effectively opening the way for water absorption.
True – it’s okay to use ice water!

Lukewarm water: The myth says that vase water must be lukewarm in order to be able to dissolve the flower food (powder), or it will have a residue of powder on the bottom of the vase.
False – no need to use lukewarm water with clear flower food such as Chrysal Better Bloom.

Hot/boiled water: When water has been boiled and then cooled, it contains less oxygen and less air bubbles to clog up the stems, according to the story. Sometimes the stems are dipped in scalding water to clear blockages or to counteract so-called ‘bleeding’. The result is that the tissue is completely destroyed and the stem will start to decompose after a few days. It has a negative impact on the duration and quality of the life of the flowers.
True – The clogging problem is resolved, but the price you pay is less days enjoying the flowers!


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