Do flowers really need cut flower food? Read on for the truth….

Do flowers really need cut flower food? Read on for the truth….

Anyone who already shops with us at Erica Berry Flowers either for fresh flowers for yourselves, or indeed when buying a bouquet as a gift, or to be delivered, will already know, we always attach a sachet of flower food for you to give to your flowers when you put them in fresh water at home.


When our flowers arrive in the shop we have a special water delivery system for them which gives us water from a tap which is pre-dosed with the correct dilution of flower food, so that our flowers are being fed while they wait for you.   The only danger with this, is that when we make our cups of tea for our own sustenance, we need to remember not to use the flower food tap!


I have already written an earlier blog about the most important thing you can do to make your flowers last longer, you can remind yourself of the answer here  One of the last tips I gave here was to top give your flowers this food we send out, rather than throwing it away with the packaging (be honest, we’ve all done it at some point when we’re in a rush!), but here are the reasons why you should remember to snip the end of that small sachet and pour it into the water, your flowers will thank you!


Lets hear from the British Florist Association:

”So, do flowers really need cut flower food, does it really help them last longer or develop and open fully?  The answer is clear – Yes.

Flowers are living things, and like us they need food for proper growth and healthiness.  Amazingly, you can extend the vase life of flowers by more than 60% compared to the use of water alone!

You can provide much of what a cut flower needs so simply with the addition of cut flower food solution, this contain ingredients to create the ideal pH level in the water to stimulates water uptake and flow through the flower stems, sugar to help buds open and last longer, and a preservative to reduce growth of bacteria and fungi, in short, cut flower foods contain all the necessary ingredients for the natural development of stems, leaves and flower petals, as well as for size, colour and scent.

The production of cut flower food is an exact science. It’s development is aimed at mimicking the natural flower development.  In numerous trials it has been scientifically proven that flower food, such as Chrysal Clear, substantially improve the longevity of almost all cut flowers.  The average improvement ranges from more than 30% for mixed bouquets, up to almost 100% for Lisianthus.

Cut flower food is very suitable not only for flower arrangements in vases, but also in floral foam so do use it regardless of the floral design you buy or receive.

We’re not just expecting you to do this, there’s been a whole process of floral nutrition given to the flowers before they reach you.  Prior to you receiving the flowers, growers have used a post-harvest cut flower food solution to give the flowers the immediate care they need.  So although the flowers are cut/harvested and so deprived of water, food and growth regulators that would all naturally be supplied by the mother plant the growers step up and make sure they provide what the plant no longer can.
Exporters/wholesalers and florists continue the good work by using another type of flower food in a water solution specially designed to care for the flowers at that stage in their environment.
Finally, it’s over to you, the cut flower food given to you as we’ve explained helps the flowers develop in the way nature intended.

So we hope that answers the question once and for all we can’t recommend cut flower food enough.   We’re sure that our BFA members all provide cut flower food to help the enjoyment of your flowers for longer, your enjoyment of flowers is our main priority.”