How to Care for Fresh Flowers


Wrapped Flowers

Firstly, select a vessel to display your flowers in. Using cold tap water fill a vase (nice and clean – for looks and to keep bacteria away) to a level that will allow all flower stems to be immersed in the water – normally about two thirds full. Add the flower preserver that has been included with your flowers. (Please note that for poppies, tulips and gerberas they will only need the water filled to approximately a quarter of the vase BUT will drink the water and will need to be topped up with water daily. These flowers also do best without flower preserver being added).

Whilst allowing the preserver to settle, cut about 2cm off the stems and then clean (strip) the stems of any foliage that will sit below the water level before placing the flowers in the vase. We tend to cut the jute that binds the flowers at the base, however, you may want to sit them in the vase tied and then cut if desired to ensure that they fit the vase so they are just right. Place the vase in a cool place away from direct sunlight, strong heat and draughts and most importantly, in a position where you will be able to best enjoy them!

If you can, please re-cut the stems and change the water every other day (adding a teaspoon of sugar or bleach to the water) as this really will prolong the life of your flowers. Doing this can be quite therapeutic and give you a lift to see the extra life you can get from the flowers. However, time can sometimes get away from us so if you are only going to be able to cut them once, please do so before the flowers first go into the water.

As some of the flowers begin to wilt, fade or droop, please either cut back or remove from the vase and continue to enjoy the flowers that remain. For some flowers, particularly lilies, you will be able to cut off some of the later blooms and place in a smaller vase once many of the other blooms are finishing.

Enjoy!

Flowers in a Vase

Firstly, remove any wrapping paper around the vase. Check the water level and using cold tap water fill the vase to ensure all flower stems are immersed in the water – normally about two thirds full. Add the flower preserver that has been included with your flowers. (Please note that for poppies, tulips and gerberas they will only need the water filled to approximately a quarter of the vase BUT will drink the water and will need to be topped up with water daily. These flowers also do best without flower preserver being added). flowers in vase

We tend to cut the jute that binds the flowers at the base, however, you may want to keep them in the vase tied – it’s a personal choice really. Place the vase in a cool place away from direct sunlight, strong heat and draughts and most importantly, in a position where you will be able to best enjoy them!

If you can, please re-cut the stems and change the water every other day (adding a teaspoon of sugar or bleach to the water) as this really will prolong the life of your flowers. Doing this can be quite therapeutic and give you a lift to see the extra life you can get from the flowers. However, time can sometimes get away from us so if you are only going to be able to cut them once, please do so before the flowers first go into the water.

As some of the flowers begin to wilt, fade or droop, please either cut back or remove from the vase and continue to enjoy the flowers that remain. For some flowers, particularly lilies, you will be able to cut off some of the later blooms and place in a smaller vase once many of the other blooms are finishing.

Enjoy!

Self-Contained Arrangements

These are for flowers that sit in Oasis (you know, the green floral foam). Simply place the flower arrangement in a cool place away from direct sunlight, strong heat and draughts and most importantly in a position where you will be able to best enjoy them. Then top up (carefully) with water each day.

Enjoy!

 

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