Your guide: choosing a vase
More than just a connection with nature, however, flowers have long been used to sell or let a property – to add a splash of colour, perfume a room and provide a focal point when marketing photographs are being taken.
Botanical is a big trend for 2021 and displaying blooms inside is an instant way of bringing the outside in. More than just a connection with nature, however, flowers have long been used to sell or let a property – to add a splash of colour, perfume a room and provide a focal point when marketing photographs are being taken.
From bunches of fresh cut flowers to the most convincing of faux foliage, every stem will need support in the form of a vase and the vessel itself can also provide a style statement. Here’s your quick guide to vases and creating striking displays.
Matching the vase to the flowers
The advice from Interflora is easy to follow – the length of the flower stems should be no more than one and a half to two times the height of your selected vase. Don’t be put off by the length of stems when you buy your flowers – some of the best displays are in small, squat vases where the stems have been drastically clipped short.
Also take into consideration how many stems you have – a generous bunch will need a vase with a wide neck so the flowers aren’t damaged, while a small number of willowy stems will need the support of a narrow-necked vase. Extra support can be added by placing some pebbles or decorative stones at the bottom of the vase and pushing the stems in the gaps.
A vast array of different sizes and styles of vase now line supermarket and homeware shelves but they are loosely based on four classic shapes – column, hourglass, round and rectangular. You can also buy bud vases, which are much smaller with narrow necks designed especially for holding a single stem. There is no right or wrong choice – select what suits your taste, decor or budget.
Materials & finishes
Glass and ceramic are the most common materials for vases to be made of – chosen for their ability to be moulded into different shapes, tinted, painted and textured. As well as not being porous, glass and ceramic are easy to clean – essential as vases can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can impair the life of flowers.
Making your blooms last longer
The beauty of a bunch of flowers is its relative cheapness and ability to instantly change the mood of a room. That said, there are hints and tips to extend the life of your blooms – even if they’re a £1 bunch of daffodils or a mix of free flowers cut from your own garden. Florists recommend:-
- Cutting stems at a 45 degree angle before placing them in water
- Changing the water in a vase every two days
- Stripping the lower part of each stem so there are no leaves below the water line
- Removing fading or dead blooms swiftly
- Placing vases in cool spots out of direct sunlight
- Keeping vases away from bowls of fruit as the ethylene gas emitted can cause flowers to wilt
- Always adding the supplied sachet of flower food
- Moving filled vases to a fridge overnight, if possible
Hit and miss hacks
Old wives’ tales for extending the life of flowers include adding some weird and wonderful things to the water (aspirin, lemonade, vodka, sugar, vinegar and even bleach) but there is no scientific evidence that these work, so they are best avoided. Dropping a penny into the vase, however, has some grounding in science as copper acts as a fungicide.
If you’d like to discover additional ways of making your home look appealing when it’s on the market, get in touch for advice.
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