Cut flowers and the effect of various temperatures

When you visit your local florist, you will most likely notice all the beautiful fresh flowers, delicious scent, and moderate temperature of the flower shop. Florists know how important it is to maintain a certain type of environment to ensure a long life for their cut flowers and potted plants. That said, not everyone understands how different temperatures and conditions can affect your bouquet.

Temperature and humidity

Most flowers are quite delicate and sensitive to their environment. Even the hardiest cut flowers will wilt prematurely if not kept at the right temperature and conditions. It is also important to understand that not all flowers are the same. Some enjoy cooler conditions while others thrive in a more humid atmosphere.


Excessive heat

First let’s consider the heat. During the summer months, it’s best to look for flowers that bloom naturally this time of year. These cut flowers will be quite comfortable in warmer weather and will not wilt as a direct result of the heat. That said, if you buy these types of blooms in winter, don’t try to keep them warm by placing them near a stove or fireplace! The intense heat provided by these sources is enough to dry out the air around the bouquet, and the blooms will dry out as well. Even if you make sure you never run out of fresh water in the vase, hot, dry air will still have adverse effects on the flowers.


Excessively low temperatures

When it comes to cold, there is something called too good. Tropical or exotic blooms will not like particularly cold conditions. They require slightly warmer temperatures and a good amount of humidity to thrive. In winter you need to avoid placing any type of flower too close to a window. If any of the flowers or leaves come into direct contact with the cold glass of the window, it will cause the death of the plant material. Think about the effects of freezing. A similar fate awaits such blooms that are pressed against a cold surface. In fact, it is best to keep the cut flowers some distance from the window, since the air around the window is also usually much colder than in the rest of the room. You want your bouquet to enjoy a moderate climate rather than a cold one.


Water temperature

Water temperature is also important. Most cut flowers like slightly warm water. Avoid using hot or cold water, otherwise it will cause more harm than good. However, there are some blooms that prefer cold water. Flowers grown from bulbs (like tulips) tend to do better in colder water. Especially in the summer months.

With these important tips in mind, you too will be able to make the most of your cut flowers no matter the weather conditions. You should always place your flowers in just the right spot when displaying them and keep an eye on the water to ensure that they always have a clean vase too.