When you receive your flowers, some will be blooming beautiful, but others will be in tight bud, we do this so you can enjoy watching your flowers open into full bloom, it also ensure you get the longest possible life from your fresh flowers.
Here is some general information on things you can do to help prolong your flowers vase life, as well as information caring for some specific flowers varieties.
If you receive your flowers already arranged in one of our recycled glass or ceramic vases, it’s simple, all you need to do is place the flower arrangement in a in a cool, shady position away from any direct sunlight, heat or drafts (including airflow from fans and air conditioners), but most importantly in a position where you will be able to best enjoy them. Then carefully top up the container with about a glass full of fresh water each day. We recommend refilling the container over a sink to avoid messy spillages.
First, select the right size vase to display your flowers in, if the vase is too small your flowers will look crammed and if it’s too big they will flop around and not sit nicely. Fill the vase using fresh, tepid tap water to a level that will allow all flower stems to be immersed in the water, normally about two thirds full.
Remove any wrapping from the flowers, we usually and cut the string that binds them together before removing any leaves that will sit below the water level. Any leaves left on the stems below water level are likely to rot, casing the water to become slimy and bacteria to grow in the vase, bacteria in the vase will shorten the life of the flowers.
The next step is the most important in getting the longest vase life out of your flowers, cut about 2cm off the bottom of the stems, on a sharp angle, then immediately place the fresh cut stems into the vase of fresh water that you have already prepared. By making this fresh cut you will be removing any dead cells from the flower stems that would prevent them from being able to draw the water and have a good drink.
Place the flowers in a in a cool, shady position away from any direct sunlight, heat or drafts (including airflow from fans and air conditioners), but most importantly in a position where you will be able to best enjoy them. Then carefully top up the container with about a glass full of fresh water each day. If you can, we recommend that you re-cut the stems when you refill the water as this really will prolong the life of your flowers.
The best thing you can do to keep your flowers fresh, for as long as possible, is to add fresh clean water every day. Some florists deliver their flowers together with small plastic packets of flower preserver, flower preserver does two things, it keeps bacteria from growing in the water, and it feeds the flower so that the flower can stay alive as long as possible.
We do not provide flower preserver because the packaging that it comes in is plastic and therefore not bio-degradable. However, if you would like to add flower preserver to the vase water, you can do so by making your own. To prohibit bacteria from growing add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar or 1/2 an aspirin to the water and to feed the flowers you just need to add 1 tbsp of sugar to the water.
Please note that poppies, tulips and gerberas do best with out flower preserver being and they don’t like their vases to be too full, so only fill their vases to about one quarter full.
As the flowers and leaves begin to wilt, fade or droop, either cut them back or remove them completely from the vase and continue to enjoy the flowers that remain. For some flowers, particularly lilies and orchids, you will be able to cut off some of the later blooms, and then place them in a smaller vase, when the other bloom have finished.
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