I’m a professional florist and here’s how to choose the best supermarket flowers – the key is in the stems

If money weren’t an issue, we’d have massive bouquets of fresh flowers in every corner of our home.

But until we win the lottery, we’ll make do with the reduced bouquet of flowers at the supermarket checkout. Right?


A florist recommended checking the stems before buying a bouquet of flowersCredit: Getty

Well, if you’ve ever been disappointed with your flowers the moment you brought them home, professional florist Vanessa Nkwocha is here to help.

Talk to Taste of homethe Everbloom Floral & Gift the designer said there were a few telltale signs that a bouquet wouldn’t have a long shelf life.

Before picking up a bouquet, Vanessa urged people to inspect the outer petals closely – as these will wither and first appear “resembling raisins”.

If you’re looking at roses, the expert said, “Light pressure on a rose’s head should indicate freshness; it should be firm.”

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Additionally, she also urged people to be careful with the stem, especially below the waterline.

Vanessa said, “If the stems below the waterline are free of foliage, you’re probably getting a better maintained product.”

If any leaves have been left to rot in water, it’s possible that bacteria and fungi have already feasted on your flowers.

To make sure your flowers stay fresh as long as possible, Natasha recommends giving them fresh water every day or at least refilling the vase they’re in.

Trimming their stems will also help cut flowers rehydrate and stay beautiful longer.

Plus, popping a 2p coin in your vase is another way to get the most out of your bouquet.

According The conversationcopper coins act as an antimicrobial agent.

They wrote: “Cut flowers begin to degrade almost instantly. Air and bacteria can block the small pores in the plants vascular system, preventing the distribution of vital water and food around the flower, and they begin to wilt.

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“So by reducing the microorganisms in the flower water, you should be able to increase the lifespan of your flowers.

“So again, in theory, the copper in coins might be able to kill bacteria and keep cut flowers fresh.”

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