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How long should a flower delivery last?

The joy of receiving a flower delivery is unparalleled. It brings with it the essence of love, care, or admiration from the sender.

But how long should the flower delivery last? And how long can you expect that vibrant colour and fresh scent to grace your home or office? This is a question that we frequently encounter and the answer is – it depends. A bouquet's lifespan depends on the type of flower, the quality of the flower, the care it receives, and environmental conditions. Let's delve deeper into each of these factors.

Flower Delivery Type

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Different flowers have different lifespans. For instance, roses, when cared for properly, can last up to a week or even more. On the other hand, delicate blooms like lilies or tulips might last for 3-7 days. Flowers such as chrysanthemums, carnations, and alstroemerias, known for their hardiness, can stay fresh for up to two weeks. Orchids, with their exotic allure, can last even longer, up to three weeks in certain conditions.

Quality of the Flower Delivery

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The quality of flowers at the time of picking plays a crucial role in their longevity. Florists who source their flowers from reputable growers ensure that the flowers are picked at the right time and handled correctly to maximise their lifespan. This means that the flowers you receive are fresh, and with the right care, should last for a significant amount of time.

Care of the Flower Delivery

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One of the most important factors influencing a flower's lifespan is the care it receives after delivery. Flowers are living things, and like all living things, they require some attention and care to thrive. When you receive a bouquet, you should immediately place it in fresh, cool water with just a small drop of bleach if you care to.

Regularly changing the water, ensuring the flowers are not exposed to direct sunlight or heat sources, and removing wilted petals or leaves can all help prolong the life of your flowers. Trimming the stems at a 45-degree angle every few days certainly helps the flowers absorb water more efficiently, contributing to their longevity.

Environmental Conditions after Delivery 

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Finally, the environment plays a crucial role in the lifespan of your delivered flowers. Factors such as temperature, humidity, and exposure to sunlight can significantly impact how long your flowers will last. Flowers generally prefer cooler temperatures, so keep them away from direct sunlight and heat sources like air conditioning or ovens. Low humidity levels can also cause flowers to dehydrate faster.

So in conclusion, you can see it's hard to offer a general timeframe for how long your flower delivery should last. But considering all the factors mentioned above, a well-cared-for bouquet of flowers, delivered fresh, should last at least a week, and often much longer, especially if they include hardier varieties.

It's essential to remember that each flower and bouquet is unique, and so will be its lifespan. But with some attention and care, you can maximise the joy your flowers bring.

Keep in mind that choosing a reputable business for flower delivery in Melbourne, one that sources high-quality flowers and delivers them in the best possible condition, will ensure that you can enjoy your bouquet for the longest time possible.

After all, the longer your flowers last, the longer you can cherish the sentiment they represent.

Kate x

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