If you are considering ordering flowers from a florist, you will want to make sure that you are prepared to get the most from your flowers. However, there are some simple mistakes that may cause your flowers to wilt and degrade much more quickly than necessary, but you may avoid these problems through the use of some basic tips.

Have An Appropriate Vase Ready

Prior to ordering the flowers, you will want to ensure that an appropriate vase is ready. If you lack a suitable container, you may find that the flowers are more prone to suffering damages, wilting, or otherwise encountering problems. To properly prepare a vase for your flowers, you should thoroughly clean it to remove any harmful bacteria or dirt and dust that has gathered in the vase. For those that do not have a suitable vase, it may be possible to purchase one from the florist. While this will add to the cost of your flower order, it will be more convenient than going to the store to buy your own vase.

Keep The Flowers Safe From Your Pets

Cats are notorious about chewing on flowers. This can severely damage them, and it may cause them to develop a bacterial infection. Luckily, it is fairly easy to deter your cat or dog from chewing on the flowers. In particular, you will find that applying a small amount of hot pepper to the leaves and petals may cause your pet to avoid the flowers. Additionally, spreading lemon juice around the vase can also help to discourage your pets from targeting the flowers. However, you will want to avoid getting the lemon juice on the flowers as it can be acidic enough to damage the flowers.

Remove Diseased Flowers From The Vase As Soon As Possible

Unfortunately, you might find that one or more of your flowers starts to die and wilt before the others. While you may be tempted to leave this flower in the vase, you will need to remove them as quickly as possible. Otherwise, it can be possible for the disease to spread to the other flowers. In situations where the problem seems confined to a select few leaves, you may be able to slow or stop the spread of this problem by trimming these leaves. When trimming the leaves, you should thoroughly clean the scissors first to minimize the risk of introducing bacteria into the flower through the cut. To sanitize the scissors, you can soak them in alcohol and thoroughly rinse them.