Flowers, the Language of Love
By Frank Hague
Flowers Truly Reach Your Soul!
Flowers are a heartfelt, natural way to lift our spirits.
They can provide a smile for a tired face or brighten a room for a convalescent. Just
imagine your favourite flower. Are you smiling yet? You are obviously in a better
There is not a doubt that beautiful surroundings provide us with a favourite environment that helps us
thrive. Flowers are an elementary and affordable way to add a splash of color and emotion into your
flowers are an exciting new change from traditional floral gifts like roses, and with modern
shipping methods a tropical bouquet is available worldwide. Their massive size and vibrant colors
produce an impressive gift for favourite occasions like Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, birthdays and
Flowers can be
purchased from local florists or even "Grower Direct" services that ship them worldwide. If
purchasing flowers to be shipped, it is vital to ensure that someone is waiting to pick up the
delivery and that it is not left with the mail on a back porch in the sun all afternoon until someone
comes home from at six o'clock. Flowers are shipped without any water to sustain them, and hours of
neglect on top of the shipping time can take days off their lifespan.
If you acquire tropical flowers like heliconias or even gingers, or even if you were lucky enough to live in the tropics
and have them for your garden, just remember a few select tips to help them thrive and to extend their
shelf life as cut flowers.
Caring for Cut Tropical Flowers.
1. Water your plants well
and give them a big drink before cutting. This is important for
foliage plants as well because some species “drink” incredibly little after cutting. Instead, they
live off their stored sap. Tropical plants have adapted to their natural environment which means
frequent however short periods of massive tropical downpour.
Look at the flower heads and notice how the petals are “cupped” to catch and store as much water as possible. These plants
drink from the top and like being showered with water. Look at the pattern on the leaves. The ridges
channel water down to the stem where it's absorbed into the many layers of the plant.
2. If your flowers have
been out of water for any length of time after cutting, submerge them totally in the bath for half an hour
prior to placing them in a vase.
3. Cut 3 to 4 inches off the stem and then place them in a tall vase FULL of clean water.
4. Employ a spray bottle to mist them at least twice a day.
5. Change the water and
trim a new end on the stems each 2nd or even third day. You are able to double the vase life of your cut
flowers by applying these simple techniques.