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Fresh Flower Care

Proper flower care will help you enjoy your flowers as long as possible!

 

Vase Arrangements:

  • Upon receiving a floral arrangement, check the water level, and fill the container to the top with tap water if needed.
  • Every 2 days, drain all the water out completely and refill the container with fresh water. Re-cut all stems with a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle--this gives the stem a greater surface area and keeps the pores open to soak up water. The fresh water keeps bacteria from growing in stagnant water. Place freshly-cut stems immediately in the fresh water.
  • Keep your bouquet in a moderate location indoors, away from heat/AC vents, out of direct sun, and protected from other potentially harsh conditions. Do not leave flowers in your car for any prolonged period of time.
  • Pluck off any browning leaves as time goes on. This will give more energy and nutrients to the blossoms and leaves that are still healthy.
  • Feel free to wash your vase when the flowers are done, and bring it back to us for a refill!

Wrapped Bouquets:

  • Your flowers may have travelled far or been out of water for some time, so hydrating them properly is important. 
  • Upon receiving a wrapped bouquet, remove all wrappings and water sources from the stems.
  • Prepare a clean vase by filling it 3/4 full with tap water. If you've received a flower food packet, be sure to mix it carefully according to instructions provided.
  • Re-cut all your flower stems with a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle--this gives the stem a greater surface area and keeps the pores open to soak up water. You can choose how much to cut off the stem to fit your selected vase, making sure stems reach close to the bottom of the vase and are submerged in several inches of water. Place freshly-cut stems immediately in water.
  • Remove all leaves below the water line. This will help discourage bacteria from growing in the water.
  • Keep your bouquet in a moderate location indoors, away from heat/AC vents, direct sun, and other potentially harsh conditions. Do not leave flowers in your car for any prolonged period of time.
  • Every 2 days, drain all the water out completely and refill the container with fresh water. Re-cut stems as needed to ensure optimum hydration.

 

More Tips:

  • Fresh-cut flowers are typically stored in coolers between 34 and 55 degrees. Be wary of outdoor temperatures that may affect the health and longevity of your flowers. In winter, it's essential to wrap flowers completely if they're being transported for any period of time outdoors, such as from the shop into your car, to protect them from wind and cold conditions. In summer, it's essential to keep flowers cool, hydrated, and out of direct sun and heat.
  • Do not leave flowers in your car for any prolonged period of time.
  • Do not put flowers in your home refrigerator. Fruits and vegetables emit an ethylene gas that can be harmful to flowers.
  • See our plant care page for information about live plants.