Spring is such an exciting time. Leaves bud, trees blossom, and we finally get some color added to the browns and grays of winter. You are hopefully enjoying the amazing variety of blooms that this season brings. To help you along, here are some mistakes to avoid in the spring so that the flowers on your table can be happy and healthy.
1. Don't Use Warm Water
Spring flowers are used to that cold winter run-off. When you bring them home and cut their stems, make sure that the first thing they drink up is cold water. That first trim makes them very thirsty, and they’re going to hydrate their best and live the longest if they’re put in cold water immediately. Warmer water will also rot the stems of spring blooms faster. It’s okay if the water turns lukewarm after sitting out for a bit, just remember to use cold again when topping off the vase. Save the warm water for summer flowers.
2. Don’t Miss Out on The Bounties of Spring
When picking out flowers at the store, think about what’s in season. Those roses will be there year-round, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best choice. Flowers, like produce, have seasons. You’re going to get the best stuff when you buy something in its actual season. You probably don’t buy much watermelon in winter, and roses and other popular flowers should be the same. In the spring, look for hyacinth, daffodils, tulips, and cherry blossoms.
3. Don’t Mix Poisonous and Non-Poisonous Blooms
Several popular spring flowers are actually poisonous. On their own in a vase, this isn’t a problem, but mixed with others, they can affect the lifespan of the entire arrangement. Professional florists have ways to get around this. Your best bet is to keep them separate.