FLOWER CARE TIPS
Most floral arrangements last 4-7 days or longer, depending on the flowers used and the care they receive. All our flowers are locally grown, and are handled with great care. Follow these simple steps to enjoy your flowers for longer. Repeat them every 2-3 days.
For fresh Cut Flower Bouquet Gift Wrapped
Keep your flowers in a cool place until you can get them in a flower food solution. Don’t forget how important it is to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet.
- Fill a vase with fresh water and add flower food supplied with your blooms (see flower food direction).
- Carefully remove the flowers from the wrap they have been transported in but do not undo tying ribbon, as no further arranging is necessary.
- With a sharp knife or scissors make an angled cut 3.5cm off the stem ends. This exposes a fresh part of the stem and allows the flower to absorb water. Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by the flower and will make the water cloudy.
- Immediately place flowers in the vase of water and place in a cool position away from draughts, sun and ripening fruit.
- Every 2-3 days repeat the above steps again.
For Floral Arrangements that have Arrived in Water
Your designer piece is totally self contained; your flowers are either in water or floral foam which has already had floral preservative added. To extend the life of the flowers it is important to…
Check the water level daily and top up with fresh water if required and keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food.
Flower foods make flowers last longer but it is important to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely with a properly mixed flower food solution. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife or scissors. Be sure to use a sharp knife or clippers that will not crush the stems. Immediately place the stems into solution.
Keep flowers in a cool spot, away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. Also keep away from ripening fruit, as it releases small amounts of ethylene, a gas that ages flowers prematurely. Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.
Any flowers, leaves or foliage which are below the water line will decompose and encourage the growth of bacteria; please remove if possible.