Most Important Things to Consider When Buying Flowers

Before you buy a bouquet at a florist, you need to consider certain things to get the best flowers possible. Unfortunately, there are still people who sell flowers that are already withering or grown with the wrong usage of gardening products. To make sure you are getting the best flowers at the market, there are 6 main things to think about.

6 Things to Pay Attention to Before Buying Flowers

    1. Ask about the products used while the flowers were growing. Every professional florist will buy flowers from gardeners that use the proper products to improve the growth of flowers. It’s important that the right products are used, as the flowers will stay at your house or the house of your loved one for some time.
    2. Look at the petals of the flowers to see whether they are fresh enough. If there are any dry black or brown spots, the flower can’t be fresh and it was cut wrong. This can tell you only one thing – the florist isn’t professional, and it’s better to move on. Such flowers will die very soon after you purchase them, and you need to look for something worth your money.
    3. Inspect the bulbs and stems – don’t hesitate to look at the flowers from all sides. At the moment of purchase the stems have to be wet, which will indicate that the flowers were hydrated well. As for the bulbs, look for some that didn’t bloom completely yet – it means they will bloom fully at home and live there for a longer time. The exception is if you need flowers for a party that will take place the same evening – then it’s better to buy flowers that are open.
    4. Choose seasonal flowers if possible – this will make you sure no potentially toxic products were used to keep them alive. Seasonal flowers also need gardening products, but only the ones beneficial to the environment. The flowers that bloom in season are cheaper and longer lasting, which adds great advantages for you as for a buyer. Of course, these days many flowers are grown underneath artificial grow lights, like T5 fluorescent tubes or LED lights. These are generally fine to buy in any season.
  1. Don’t be guided by the color of the flowers, as they are often unpredictable. Flowers can change their color with time, so when you are going to a florist, don’t think of the color, think of the flower. Orchids are especially susceptible to this.
  2. There are days when white roses look the best, but there are also days when they look grey or have dark spots on them. Don’t force yourself to buy those roses just because you’ve decided you wanted them.
  3. Think of the place the flowers will be placed at – both the room and the vase. Will they fit inside the vase? Will they correlate with the design of the room? Where will they be placed? Think of all those things if you know them beforehand, and if you don’t – buy something of your liking.


Make these 6 things your guide every time you go to a florist to buy flowers. These rules will never disappoint you, and you will be able to find the best florist using them. Choose seasonal, ask questions, inspect the flowers – and you will always be the winner.

A Guide to Feeding the Stems of the Flowers You Buy

The most important thing that can be done to flowers so they last longer is providing them with proper care. Starting with the time they grow, gardeners add different products to the ground to feed the plants so they produce beautiful healthy flowers. This is especially true for finicky flowers like orchids. Then they cut them properly before sending to florists who take further care of them. Continuing, the florists place the flowers into water and add more “feeding” there so the flowers wait patiently for you to buy them and for them to bloom at your house.

Of course, flowers need to feed on light and might need artificial sources, but what else is done to feed the flowers well?

Handling and Feeding the Stems

Many people wonder what is the best thing to do to the stems to help them remain healthy – burning, putting into water, searing, or anything else? The most recommended procedure by the professional florists is to put the stems of the flowers that begin to flop into boiling water. The time depends on the flower (from 10 to 60 seconds) – the woodier the stem is, the more time it needs. Make sure you don’t boil them, and don’t pour more than 2.5-5 cm of water into a mug or a vase.

You should sear about 10% of the stem, about as much as you’ve cut prior to it. If the stems are very short, make sure you avoid the steam damaging the heads of the flowers. Put them into paper or any other material that will keep them away from the hot environment. Searing usually helps even when the flowers are severely flopped, and they stay for much longer.

As for the feeding, you need to add some to the water you have in the vase. You can buy some flower food or make your own if you wish – anything will suffice if the brand is reliable. The feeding should contain some acids, like bleaches, vinegar, or lemon juice. This will prevent the bacteria from developing in the water and damaging the flowers. Usual tap water is usually alkaline, and it’s a perfect environment for bacteria that make the water stink and damage stem ends.

For an average 30-cm vase, a teaspoon of bleach or about 5 tablespoons of vinegar will suffice. Some people also add aspirin that contains salicylic acid, or lemonade that contains citric acid and sugar.

Sugar, by the way, is another popular contaminant of many flower foods, but you also need to remember that it may feed the bugs too. It means you need to use some acid in any case, and put the food as written in the instructions.

To Sum Up

Feeding flowers is crucial for their wellbeing, just as for ours, so it’s important to provide the food to them during all their lifespan. Gardeners add special products to the ground so the flowers become stronger and more beautiful. Florists also use special techniques, and some of them can be continued by you at home. Simply adding some acid and sugar to the water will prevent bacteria from developing and feed the flowers so they stay fresh for a longer time.