- As a cut flower, you need to be aware that cutting doesn't agree with them. So, either don't cut them, or if you do, dip the end of the stem (approx. 5 cm) in hot water immediately afterwards. Alternatively, you can flame them briefly with a cigarette lighter. This ensures that the sticky, milky sap excreted by these flowers when cut will coagulate and the flowers will not «bleed to death». Do not cut these flowers again later on.
Care tips for Christmas flowers
- Because the thick stem is hollow, it curls up in water. For this reason, flower shops wind narrow raffia (or a rubber band) two or three times round the base of the stem.
- When cutting the amaryllis, push the raffia or rubber band up a little and cut each stem diagonally with a sharp knife.
- Because amaryllis flowers are tall, florists insert a thin rod in the thick, hollow stem, depending on the arrangement, so that it doesn't buckle.
- Select a vase that is tall enough and only add a little water in order to prevent the stem from rotting.
- To avoid pressure marks, don't lay the flowers on the blossoms when changing the water. Keep another container on hand or lay them on the edge of the table in such a way that the blossoms are in the air.
- Remove withered blossoms with a pair of scissors.
- Cut these stems straight (not diagonally) first, then score the end of the stem in an additional cross shape.
- Put Christmas roses in enough water and place them in a cool place.