Alstroemeria Care – 7 Steps to Follow for Longer Vase Life
Alstroemeria, aka “Peruvian Lily”, is one of the best-selling flowers in our shop. The longevity, durability and colorful varieties have made them a favorite among our customers.
This quick video walks you through the seven steps it takes for simple alstroemeria care, and answers many of the commonly asked questions about how to handle alstroemeria cut flowers upon arrival.
If you are an alstroemeria fan, this is a video we think you really need to check out. Watch and see!
So, did you learn a lot from the video? I truly hope so!
One other quick thing. If you plan on using a lot of alstroemeria for a wedding or event, the video references a couple of products, Floralife Quick Dip and Floralife Crystal Clear Flower Food, which are both excellent commercial grade products we use in the shop and highly recommend for treating all flowers prior to use.
To quickly recap, here are seven steps on how to care for alstroemeria. Following these steps will help increase alstromeria vase life and give you longer lasting alstroemeria flower arrangements to enjoy:
- Remove any leaves that may be under water.
- While holding the stems under water in a sink or under running water, cut about one inch off each stem with a sharp knife or shears. DO NOT let the newly cut end dry off before transferring it into another container.
- If buds appear to be very tight, submerging them in warm water will promote opening.
- Water to which a floral preservative solution has been added should be used to arrange fresh cut alstroemeria in. Using it as recommended will provide additional days of vase life. Try to avoid using water from a water softener.
- Immediately after the stems are cut, place your alstroemeria in a clean, deep vase of warm preservative solution (about 100 degrees F). Allow several hours to condition them before arranging.
- Temperature is a key factor in the lifespan of all flowers. Display your fresh cut alstroemeria arrangements in a cool area out of direct sunlight and drafts.
- Alstroemeria are thirsty flowers. It is important to check to see that the vase is full and add preservative solution as needed. If arranged in floral foam, be sure it is completely saturated and the container is full daily.
That’s all there is to it, except to enjoy your flowers!
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