This plant favored by hamsters is known to produce snacks in the form of dwarf seeds. Yes, the plant has the scientific name Helianthus annus L. or known as the Sunflower. Why is it named Sunflower? Because this flower is known to grow towards the sun. This behavior is known as ‘heliotropic‘. On the other hand, at night, this flower will bow down.
Plants originate from Europe and America, which are now scattered in almost all countries in the world. Nowadays, sunflowers are widely used as cut flowers for bouquets. Sunflower bouquets are usually given on special days to loved ones.
How to care for a sunflower bouquet is very important for you to know. Because generally, a flower bouquet cannot last up to 3 days. By following the original method of caring for and maintaining the sunflower bouquet that we tell you here, you can keep the sunflower bouquet fresh for up to 12 days.
To reward the person who gave a bouquet flower, whether as a graduation gift, birthday, or a thank you, caring for them had to become a habit at that time. So try this habit to care for a flower bouquet, so that it lasts a little longer.
By maintaining and caring for this original flower bouquet, someone you care about will be very happy. It knows that you care about giving it. For more details on how to care for the original flower bouquet so that it lasts for more than 7 days, please refer to the complete information below.
- It would help if you choose the right vase
The right vase for cut sunflowers can cover at least half the Sunflower’s height. Many people use shorter vases to produce a forward-bending flower effect. However, using this vase can cause the flowers to die more quickly.
- Make sure the vase is clean
This is done to make sure there is no sediment left from the previous wreath in the vase that you will use. Use soap and warm water to wash the entire vase, then dry it using a towel. This way, fresh sunflowers will not pick up bacteria, which can cause them to rot faster.
- Remove flowers from the bouquet
When removing sunflowers from the bouquet should be exercised with great care. Because if not, it will cause the fall of flower petals and broken stems. This can cause the flowers to die quickly before being treated in a vase.
- Cut the leaves on the stem located in the vase
Cutting the leaves on the stems located in the vase aims to prevent the leaves from rotting from being submerged in water. Because if one part of the cut flower is rotten, it will impact other parts as well.
- Fill the vase with cold water
Cut sunflowers can last a long time in cold temperatures. So, using cold water is preferable. Fill cold water at least 1/3 of the height of the stem. The function of cold water on the sunflower stem is to keep the stem fresh and hard. While warm or hot water will cause tulips to become weak and flabby.
- Cut the ends of the stems at an angle
Before placing the flowers in the vase, cut the ends of the stems at a 45-degree angle. It is then continued every day when changing the vase’s water, cut an inch above old cut stems. This method is the most common way to keep the flower bouquet long-lasting on other types of flowers.
- Position the ends of the rods
Arrange the Sunflower stems’ ends so that the tulip stems’ ends have a little space in the vase. When putting flowers into a vase, it should be about 5-6 flowers in one vase. It depends on the size of the vase used. If too much, the stems’ ends will coincide, and it isn’t easy to absorb the nutrients in the water. This is what causes the stems to rot quickly and then die. Then make sure each end of the stem is not overlapping.
- Feed the flowers with homemade flower food
Not only do animals have to be fed to stay alive, but flowers must also be fed. In addition to plain water, you can also use food ingredients such as vinegar, sugar, or lemon to make the flowers last longer. Just mix one of these ingredients in a vase filled with water. The size is 2 tbsp with 1 liter of water. Or if you don’t want to bother, you can buy flower food at flower shops. Other ingredients that can be used as flower food are bleach and cold medicine. Mix 1 liter of water with 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of bleach. While for cold medicine, mix 1 tablet of crushed cold medicine with 1 liter of water.
- Routinely change the water
Don’t forget to regularly change the water every day and replace the vase if necessary. Bacteria, fungi, and algae easily use water that has been stagnant for a long time to nest and reproduce. This can cause your beautiful Sunflower to die quickly.
- Keep the vase out of the sun
Flowers vary widely, and temperature regulation in caring for cut flowers is essential. Several types of flower bouquets can be stored in shady conditions, cool, and exposed to sunlight. But, sunlight dramatically affects the condition of your flowers. Especially for sunflowers, place the vase in the shade and cool temperature. Otherwise, the Sunflower will wilt from the heat. Besides, when the sunflower bouquet is first transferred to the vase, it is best to place it in a dark and cool temperature. It aims to help the stem absorb nutrients in the water after a long time outside without nutrients.
- Remove wilted leaves and flowers
Cut and remove leaves and stems that look wilted or dry, as this will affect the condition of your fresh flowers. Discard wilted flowers, as this will affect other flowers. When one part of the cut flower withers, the other part will wither. And if one of the cut flowers in the vase dies, the other flower dies. So, make sure the flowers’ condition every morning to reduce the risk of dying of flowers.
- Repeat the above steps daily
Repeat these steps every day on your sunflowers. Do this until this treatment does not help your cut sunflowers.
Receiving a gift of a sunflower bouquet is the most romantic thing for women. When they received the flower bouquet, their gaze did not turn away from the beauty of the flower. Usually, you can receive a sunflower bouquet from your boyfriend, your best friend, relatives, and even your family. And the gift is usually on special days such as your birthday, graduation, or when you celebrate the anniversary with your boyfriend.
Of course, when you receive the flower bouquet, you don’t want to see the beautiful flower wither quickly. Then you can follow the series of methods above to keep your sunflower bouquet upright and blooming beautifully in the vase. Show them that you appreciate their gift by caring for it to last.