While flowers are beautiful and enhance the beauty of the environment, they are very delicate and can quickly die off if not properly cared for. Flower caring is a continuous process that needs you to invest your time and attention to, for them to maintain their natural allure and delicacy.
- Protect them from drafts and high temperatures
High temperatures and drafts will quickly dry your flowers and cause wilting. This is especially for the vase or cut flowers. Avoid putting them on top of television sets or other electronic equipment that produce a lot of heat when under operation.
- Protect them from too much sun
Protect your flowers from too much sun, or placing them near window sills where the sun will easily reach to them. Either place them in the house or under a shade. For beds, plant some taller trees near the flowers or on the edges of the bed, so that they provide enough shed when the sun is too hot.
- Prune excess leaves
Do not let your flowers put on a lot of leaves. If they are cut flowers, then prune off all the leaves that fall under the water line, because they will encourage the occurrence of bacteria in the water when they start rotting. If they are bedded or potted, Remove the leaves and large branches that seem to occur very low at the stem, almost at the base to encourage more blossoming. However, if the flowers are too many, remove the excess flowers before they start blossoming.
- Water them regularly
Flowers, just like any other plant needs regular watering. If you have a flower bed and the rains are very rare, you should water them every morning before the sun rises or in the late evening after the sun has set. This will help your flowers absorb more water before the sun dries or heats the water. For vase flowers, change the water after every two days; replace the water with clean and treated water. When watering, balance the water right. If you over water, the flowers will rot and if you underwater, they will lack enough moisture and wilt.
- Regular treatment
Whether bedded, potted or cut flowers, they will need regular treatment to flourish. The water in which you in which you p[ut in the vase should be treated. Likewise, use pesticides for the potted and bedded flower to fight off any pest infestation or disease attacks to your flowers.
- Use appropriate soil
Different flowers are suited for different soils. For potent flowers, your soil should have very high nutrient content and good drainage.
- Use fertilizer
If the plant is not blooming the way you want, add some fertilizer to boost their growth and stimulates them to blossom.
Weeds will compete for nutrients with your flowers and make them grow weaker. Make suer you weed them regularly or use herbicides to control the weeds.
- Use flower foods for vase flowers
Keep the water in the vase provided by flower food. It makes flowers last longer. However, be sure to follow the mixing directions of the food.
- Keep them away from fruit bowls
Fruits release a gas called ethylene which breaks down other fruits around it and makes the flowers to begin wilting and finally die.