Did you know that tropical flowers like the ones you can get from Hawaii last 1-2 weeks longer than other fresh flower bouquets? Following is some information on the care of fresh Hawaiian flowers and background on the different types you can order.
If you’re lucky, you’ve had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii. If you haven’t had the chance to go there yet, you’ve most likely seen Hawaiian flower leis being put around a traveler’s neck as they depart from an airplane after landing there. But did you know that flower leis signify the ‘aloha’ spirit of Hawaii? They are a symbol for love, peace, hello and goodbye and are especially beautiful for a luau or wedding. You can order them in wrist, head or even ankle forms and they also come in a variety of flowers or vines and leaves.
There are many beautiful Hawaiian arrangements that are designed with each season’s flowers in mind. Amazing varieties of Heliconia, or Bird of Paradise as they are also known, are available in the Springtime along with exotic Gingers and Anthuriums which are a popular favorite. Anthuriums are a heart-shaped flower that is grown in several different colors and are perfect to send to someone you love.
Protea are another unique bloom that grows abundantly in the winter seasons and ships very well in cold weather – perfect for the holiday season! They also dry beautifully so that you can enjoy them in waterless arrangements for years afterward.
To care for fresh, Hawaiian flowers, unpack them immediately and then completely immerse them in water for at least 10 minutes - the bathtub’s a great place for doing this. While the flowers are soaking, cut the bottom of each stem on an angle, 1/4 inch from the bottom.
Arrange your flowers in a vase and make sure to keep the water clean and free of bacteria and algae – this is the most important part of keeping tropical flowers fresh and vibrant. Change the water every 4-5 days and put a few drops of bleach in it to prolong their freshness. You can also re-soak them when you change the water to freshen them up as they would be in their natural, humid and tropical environment.
Be sure to avoid placing them in direct sunlight or near heat sources such as air conditioners and drafty areas. Do Not put them in the refrigerator at any point! Hawaiian flowers can be ordered in all of the assortments mentioned here and many more and also as single flower stems at very reasonable prices. Consider these stunning flowers to add a little mystery and exotic touch the next time you order for someone special, including yourself!