Bouquets of which flowers will be presented to teachers this year, said a member of the Board of Directors of the Association “Greenhouses of Russia”
On the eve of the Day of Knowledge, the demand for flowers is traditionally increasing. This year, flower producers expect this indicator to increase by five times compared to normal trading days.
“Over the past three years, the demand for flowers at this time has fallen, in general by about 7-10%. This is due to the pandemic and the economic situation. As for prices, they are rising slightly by September 1: this year the cost is expected to increase by about 15%,” said Alexander Litvinenko, a member of the Board of Directors of the Greenhouses of Russia Association.
There is no shortage of flower products on the market, and a number of reasons contribute to this: cut flowers are not subject to restrictions under sanctions, and Russian greenhouse plants, where roses, gerberas, chrysanthemums, lilies and potted flowers are grown, continue to increase their productivity.
By September 1, florists have enough work. The most popular during this period are composite bouquets of bright shades and seasonal flowers: gladioli, chrysanthemums, dahlias.
Also, buyers make a choice in favor of monobooks of several roses, gerberas or sunflowers.
(Source: press service of the Association “Greenhouses of Russia”).
How to keep a bouquet fresh until September 1
If you bought a bouquet in advance, take care of keeping the flowers fresh. Start with a clean vase, as bacteria and fungi are the main cause of the bouquet’s rapid wilting. Wash the vase thoroughly before pouring water.
Next, use sharp scissors to cut the tip of each stem at an angle of 45 degrees, which will allow the flowers to absorb as much water as possible.
When you put the bouquet in the vase, make sure that none of the leaves are sitting in the water. If some leaves are submerged under water, remove them.
To make the flower arrangement look fresh, keep it away from direct sunlight and heat. Put a spray bottle with fresh water next to the vase and spray water mist on the petals several times a day. You need a little water, just enough to keep the petals moist and fresh. Spraying a bouquet every time you pass by is a great way to keep a gift bouquet fresh.
In some flower shops, the florist will offer to buy a bag of top dressing for the bouquet. As a rule, there are three simple ingredients in it: citric acid (reduces the pH of the water, which allows the water to move better through the flower), sugar (to nourish the plant), a disinfectant against pathogens. It is not necessary to pour the whole bag into the vase – pour a little each time you change the water. There is a homemade preservative option – half a teaspoon of vinegar to lower the pH, a teaspoon of sugar to provide carbohydrates, and a few drops of bleach to kill germs.
Photo: Dmitry Lukyanov.