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7 Places to Avoid Placing Your Fresh Cut Flower Arrangements

Updated on April 10, 2015

Whether you’ve just received a delivery of fresh flowers to your home or grabbed a bunch of loose stems on your trip to the grocery store, you want to enjoy your flowers for as long as possible once you’ve got them in your home. Here is a list of 7 places to avoid placing your fresh cut flowers so that you can prolong the life of your blooms.

Near a window. Most flowers can’t take the heat from direct sunlight and they will wilt as a result.

Near drafts. Avoid placing your flowers near heating or cooling vents or directly under ceiling fans and other drafty areas around the house.

Outside. Again, with the position of the sun constantly changing, your flowers are subject to direct sunlight and heat.

Near fireplaces and heaters. While a beautiful arrangement of fresh flowers can enhance the ambiance, especially next to a fireplace, avoid placing your flowers near this or any other source of heat.

Near appliances. Heat from appliances (think stoves, dishwashers, toaster ovens, anything that gives off heat) can cause flowers to dehydrate, causing them to wilt or die.

Next to your bowl of fruits. Fresh fruits emit ethylene gas that causes fresh flowers to die prematurely. As a result, leaves from your flowers will yellow and fall off, flowers and petals will drop, and your flowers will lose their richness in color. Ethylene gas is so powerful that even if your bowl of fruits is placed just inches away from your arrangement, your flowers will suffer.

Inside your refrigerator. You might feel tempted to place your flowers in your refrigerator. After all, it’s nice and cool inside and your flowers most likely came from a cooler with similar temperature. Your refrigerator, however, typically contains an assortment of fruits and vegetables that, again, emit ethylene gas that can shorten the life of your flowers. Also, if you bought your flowers from a florist or the supermarket, the chances are they were stored in a cooler. In transit and into your home, your flowers were most likely in room temperature or warmer. Flowers don’t like fluctuations in temperature, and they will prematurely die if they are stored in cool and then warm and back to cool temperatures. Try to keep the environment as consistent as possible to prolong the life of your flowers.

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