Cut orchids will wilt in a few days if you don’t know a few tricks that will help them to stay fresh. Unlike those in pots that can last 4 or 5 months blooming, cut orchids are much more sensitive.
Here are some useful tips from florists that turn in being very useful for me in taking care for cut orchids.
Tips to keep in mind about cut orchids
1. All orchid flowers remain fresh longer if you leave them on twigs, without being cut individually. The twig contains vital substances and nourishes the flowers longer.
2. The cut orchids are placed in high vases, for the twigs to be supported well. If the vase is small and the orchid twigs bend too much, there will be not enough water for the top flowers, and they will begin to wither in a day or two.
3. Before you put them in the vase, cut an inch of the twig, oblique, with a sharp and disinfected cutter. Hold the twigs for one minute in warm water and then put them in a vase with water at room temperature.
4. Keep orchids cut in a cool room away from heat sources like the radiator. Change the water daily or every two days and cut each time a centimeter from the bottom of the twig. Don’t use scissors when cutting them, because you may crush the tissue at the base of the twig. A sharp cutter is the most appropriate.
5. Put a cup of mineral water and squeeze a slice of lemon into the vase every time you change the water. Or ask the flower shop for a special preservative for orchids, and the flowers will keep fresh for weeks.
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