Ever wonder how your suppose to care for your flowers once you have received them?
We care for and process the flowers when they arrive at our shop but there are a few tips that can help prolong the life of your fresh cuts!
Fresh flowers should never be put in a standard refrigerator, near a heat register or any other source of excessive heat. They should also be kept away from fresh fruit, vegetables and cigarette smoke as they both produce ethylene gas which will shorten the life of flowers.
If you receive a vase arrangement, check the water level daily and replenish as needed. If the water begins to gets murky/cloudy, gently pour out the water over the side of vase and refill with fresh cool water. Some vases and containers have green floral foam in them, they also need to have the water level checked daily. If you receive a wrapped bouquet, and the stems are dry, re-cut the stems on a 45 degree angle with garden clippers or a sharp knife, take off about 1/4" and place it in clean vase filled with cool water. Remove any leaves that are below the water line to prevent bacteria forming in the vase.
Special Maintenance for certain flowers:
Lily- carefully remove the anthers-the orange pollen-coated tips inside the flower- using a tissue advised to prevent the anthers from staining.
Hydrangea- if the blossom wilts prematurely, take the blossom out of the design, cut the end on a 45 degree angle and submerge the whole flower and stem in warm water for an hour or until it perks up.
Calla Lily- bruise very easily, you will want to handle with care.
Peony- once bloom has fully opened, they become fragile and need to be handled with care.
Alstroemeria, Chrysanthemums and Callas are all thirsty blooms and need the water level checked daily.
Rose- re cutting the stems will help prolong the life, take them out of the design and cut the stems on a 45 degree angle and place back into the design with fresh water.
Anemone and Ranunculus- have soft, hallow stems and need to be handled gently.
Dahlia- check water levels daily and change the water in the vase every two or three days
Birds of Paradise- water every two to three days, and snipping about ¾” off the stems. If the flower is arranged in a way that you can’t take the flower out just add water and avoid letting the arrangement dry out.
Tulip- They are phototropic and geotropic, meaning they are affected by gravity and light which causes the bloom to curve upwards and bend towards sources of light. If possible every few days, remove the flowers from the design and cut about an inch off and place back into the design with cool fresh water. If you cannot remove the flowers, you will want to add water daily or empty the water out and add fresh cool water.
Daffodil- large quantities should not be placed with other varieties of flowers due to the sap they emit. The sap can clog the stems of different flower varieties (one or two daffodil stems mixed with other varieties is okay).
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