Flowers Care and Guide. Ukrainian Traditions and Holidays

Flowers and Holidays in Ukraine Guide

Flowers Care/Flowers Guide

Good Care Practices

  1. Only use a clean vase, as bacteria kill off the flowers.
  2. Using either sharp scissors or a sharp knife, remove a minimum of about 1 inch or 2-3 cm off the bottom of each stem, cutting diagonally. (This prevents the stem from sealing itself on the bottom of the vase.) This will depend on the length of the stem and size of the vase you are using, of course.
  3. Fresh flowers may come with a sachet of flower preservatives. If not, reputable florists have these for sale. Mix this with approximately 1 liter of fresh, lukewarm water, ensuring all the powder dissolves. Any unused solution can be kept in a sealed container to top up the vase over the following week. Lukewarm water is used because it contains less oxygen that blocks the flower stems from absorbing water. It also encourages some flowers to open up. 
  4. Remove any foliage below the waterline (leaves in water promote bacterial growth).
  5. Keep flowers in a fresh and well-ventilated atmosphere, away from direct sunlight, drafts, or heat sources such as radiators or TVs.
  6. Check the water level daily and top up as required. Using any water that has the flower preservative mixed in it first.
  7. Remove fading flowers as they occur, this will also encourage any buds to open as well as stop bacteria.
  8. When only a few flowers remain, transfer them to a smaller vase, cutting the stems if necessary. The best length to keep the stems straight is where the vase's height is between half and two-thirds the length of the cut stem.
  9. If you are given an arrangement in green (Oasis) foam, make sure that the water-retaining foam is wet. Gently pour clean water into the center and back of the arrangement, and check the water level daily. These arrangements will not last as long as flowers kept in the water, though.

Bad Care Practices

  1. Cut the flowers with blunt scissors and pierce or smash the stems. This destroys the water vessels and thus inhibits water uptake. It also gives the bacteria more surface area to multiply on and shortens the flower's life.
  2. Placing the vase in direct sunlight. This encourages bacteria to grow.
  3. Place the vase near fresh fruit. Ripening fruit gives off tiny amounts of the gas ethylene, which prematurely ages most flowers.
  4. Using a metal Vase or putting copper pennies, bleach, lemonade, or aspirin in with the flowers will do more harm than good. 
  5. Do not mix Daffodils and Narcissi with other flowers unless you have taken precautions. They produce latex from their stems, which is more commonly known as 'Daffodil slime,' which shortens the life of other flowers. The precautions are either to use a particular bulb-cut flower food or to place the daffodils for 12 hours in cold water after you have cut them before adding them to the vase. They will have had time to release all the latex from the bottom of the stem.

Care of bouquets 

Take care when removing any packaging, especially cellophane. This often contains water, which the florist has added to keep the flowers fresh (in which case, you should pierce the packaging and drain the water into the sink).

If the flowers are tied, be careful not to cut the tie. They have been specially arranged and are ready to go straight in a vase - untying them may spoil the arrangement.

Cut the stems of the flowers - use a sharp knife if possible (scissors may crush the stem) and cut the stems at an angle, about 3/4" above the end.

Next, place the flowers in deep water for an hour prior to arranging them in a vase of clean water (with flower food, if available). This will ensure that the flowers last as long as possible.

Care of Roses

If a Rose head starts to "flop," wrap the stem in paper to help straighten it, re-cut the stem, and plunge into 2" of boiling water for a minute. Then, place it in deep, cold water. This should help revive it.

Care of flowers 

Alstroemeria. A vase with alstroemeria should be washed as often as possible. Cut alstroemeria keeps freshness for an average of one and a half to two and a half weeks.

Carnations remain fresh for about three weeks. It is necessary to cut carnations’ stalks regularly, without taking them out from the drink of water, and delete the bottom leaves. The carnation feels good in 2-5 %-s' solution of sugar, which needs spraying.

Gerberas don’t stay fresh very long, so the vase for them should be washed carefully, and some disinfectants and fertilizers for cut flowers should be added to the water. The stalk of a flower can be pierced above and below or vertically to make an incision from below. Gerbera needs frequent water changes, and the cut should continually be refreshed.

Irises. This flower lives for about two days; other buds remain open. Cut irises remain fresh in water for one to a half weeks.

Lilies can please an eye for about one and a half weeks. The ends of the stalks need to be split and placed in cold water. A stalk should be deleted when the bottom flowers are withering.

Orchids keep freshness from a week for about one month.

Tulips become wilted quickly enough. Nevertheless, lowering the stalks of wilted flowers into hot water will help them return to freshness. Preliminary, it is necessary to update cuts and wrap them in paper: it will help straighten stalks. A branch of juniper, a cypress, and a thuja will contribute to prolonging tulips’ lives.

Freesias To keep the plant's smell, it is placed in a cellophane package or turned into parchment paper. The ends of stalks need to be cut a little before putting flowers into the water. Freesias quickly fades into the warm room. Freesias keep fresh longer if there is some sugar; also, the flowers could be placed in a cold room at night. Freesias need spraying.

Chrysanthemums keep freshness and brightness excellently. These cut flowers demand bare leaving: regular water changes and removal of all leaves from the bottom part of the stalk.

Please also read our fresh article in the news section, which is called How to Keep Freshness of Flowers at Home.

Flowers Guide

Why We Do Not Sell a Dozen Flowers Here? 

In Ukraine, it is a custom to give an odd number of flowers for any occasion, including a romantic one. It is quite traditional to send eleven roses instead of a dozen. Any odd number of flowers works; of course, the more, the better. The even number of flowers is a sign of bad luck or sorrow and is taken to viewings, funerals, and cemeteries.

Meaning of Flowers

It is true that through flower symbolism, we can express what we want to say (and may not be able to speak out loud). We want to provide you with more information on the most popular flowers, including the ones you can order and have delivered via our online store.

Roses symbolize love, passion, and perfection. They were named after the Latin word rosa, which means red. Roses have been a symbol of love since ancient times. They have been used for hundreds of years to convey messages without words and represent confidentiality. The color meanings of roses are varied: Red means love and passion. Pink means happiness. White means purity and innocence. Yellow means friendship.

Tulips are the tangible symbol of spring and summer. A tulip bouquet represents elegance and grace. The sweeping bow of the tulip may be one of its most alluring charms, and it will brighten anyone’s day! Tulips stand for a perfect lover, luck, and fame. The word "tulip" is a Latinized version of the Persian word “dual-band” (turban), so-called because the flower resembles a turban.

Carnations mean innocence, faithfulness, pure love, and good luck. These lovely flowers have a lasting quality and are often handed out on Mother's Day to symbolize the purity and strength of motherhood. White carnations suggest pure love and good luck; light red symbolizes admiration; dark red represents deep love and affection. Pink carnations symbolize a mother’s endless love.

Lilies represent Majesty, wealth, pride, innocence, and purity. Lilies are the right flowers if you want to say, “You’ve made my life complete.” These flowers will help you create an impressive statement of pure elegance and show and share your happiness. The regal white lily symbolizes the elements of purity and virtue. Tiger lilies represent wealth and pride. Send a floral bouquet of tiger lilies if you wish someone happiness and prosperity in all shades of life.

Irises are different from all other flowers as they appear in the spring and can remain fresh for several days. Traditionally, this graceful flower has been chosen to convey the essence of “my compliments.” Compliment someone today by sending them a bouquet of irises.

Gerbera Daisies are great when you want to send a gift of cheer. Distinguished by large flower heads that closely resemble those of sunflowers, gerbera daisies come in a vibrant rainbow of colors. Bright pink, snow white, sunny yellow, and ruby red are just a few of the gorgeous colors that these happy flowers boast.

Orchids are long-lasting and exquisite flowers, making them the perfect gift for many occasions. Their graceful appearance draws immediate attention, and their reputation as exotic and unusual flowers evokes a sense of refinement and innocence. With many orchid varieties to choose from and the meanings of orchids being so special, you are sure to find one that can express the right message, whether it be Thank You, Happy Anniversary, Congrats on Your Promotion, or anything in between.

Ukrainian Traditions and Customs

Every country has its own traditions, customs, and individual particularities of social behavior. We would like to provide you with an overview of the most important ones so you can overcome cross-cultural barriers and socialize with ease. 

Ukraine is a European country (though not a member of the European Union yet), which makes the social etiquette more or less predictable. Nevertheless, the "old world" traditions and beliefs are powerful in Ukraine, having a unique impact on the mentality of people and etiquette. You will find that some Ukrainian customs are compatible with those of European and North American countries. However, some of them would consider irrational or incomprehensible. They are neither "good" nor "evil". They are just a part of another culture.

You know the first rule already – an odd number of flowers only.

Never shake hands, give keys, or do anything else in the doorway. It may bring misfortune to your host or guest.

When you are invited to visit somebody’s house, you are usually expected to bring a small gift with you. It is widespread in Ukraine to bring gifts when visiting. It can be sweets, a bottle of wine, or a flower bouquet. If there is a small child in the household, you may want to bring a little gift for him/her.

Never leave an empty bottle on the table, but drink up if a bottle is open.

Try to sit between two people with the same name and make a wish. It is supposed to come right.

Don't be alarmed when somebody spits three times over his/her left shoulder or sits on his luggage before going on a trip.

Take off your gloves when shaking hands.

Be prepared to remove your shoes upon entering the home. You will be given a pair of slippers (take) to help keep the dwelling clean.

When entering or exiting a vehicle, the man steps out first to offer his hand to the woman he is accompanying.

When using public transportation, give up your seat to mothers with children, the elderly, or the handicapped. People will admire you.

Be prepared to toast at dinners, etc. Be careful, and the vodka can catch up with you.

When visiting Orthodox churches, women should cover their heads with scarves, and men must remove their hats.

Don't put your thumb between your first two fingers. It is a vulgar gesture.

Don't forget your lady friend's mother and daughter (if any) on essential holidays. Sending a bouquet or a single rose to your lady friend's mother shows great class and is the act of a real gentleman.

Ukraine Holidays 

December 25th - Christmas. It is an excellent holiday for all adults and kids. 

January 1—New Year. This is everybody's favorite holiday. Decorating the Christmas tree, going to the New Year's Eve party, giving/receiving gifts—Ukrainians love all this holiday commotion and impatiently wait for New Year's Eve to come.

January 7—Orthodox Christmas. Many old Ukrainian customs dating back centuries are related to Christmas. These include fortune telling, singing Christmas carols, cooking traditional Ukrainian Christmas dishes, and attending church services.

February 14 -Valentine's Day. All European and American traditions apply.

March 8 - International Women's Day. This day is hugely popular among women in Ukraine as they receive flowers and chocolates from the men they know.

Easter Day comes according to the lunar calendar. It could fall on any Sunday in April or May and is full of lovely traditions. Eggs are boiled and then painted in different colors. Extraordinary sweet Easter bread is baked with raisins and other culinary wonders. Often, people take food like eggs and bread to church to have it blessed by a priest.

May 1 - Labor Day. It is a traditional Soviet-era holiday that is celebrated even now. In the old times, it was marked by numerous parades. Nowadays, it's just an excellent occasion to have another day off and spend it with family and friends outdoors. Some people attend public performances and concerts; others prefer to picnic in the woods.

May 9 - Victory Day. This is the day when the people of Ukraine and other former Soviet Union republics celebrate the victory over fascist Germany in 1945 and remember the 20 million Soviet people who put their lives on the altar of peace. The war took the lives of nearly every 6th Ukrainian citizen. Celebrations include military parades and fireworks.

Saint Trinity Day.

June 28 - The Constitution Day. This holiday commemorates the adoption of the Ukrainian constitution in 1996.

August 24 - Independence Day. This holiday is dedicated to the proclamation of Ukrainian independence from the USSR in 1991. Significant public performances, concerts, festivals, and military parades are held on this day

We hope this information was valuable and exciting for you!