Learn how to care for your flowers and keep them fresh by following these easy to follow instructions from the Flower Care Guide we have put together for you.
Step 1 : Refill the water
The more flowers in the arrangement the more water they’ll consume, so check the water level in your vase daily and keep it topped up. Flowers are thirsty beings, some varieties more so than others, so this is naturally the most important step in flower care. Ideally, the vase should always be three-quarters full of water. Don’t forget to change the water completely after day two and to clean the vase thoroughly before refilling. This simple practice can make sure there is no bacterial contamination from previous use.
Step 2 : Use the flower food
Flower food has been scientifically developed to prolong the life of your flowers so make sure you use it. The food will normally contain nutrients to feed your flowers, an acidifier to neutralise the water’s pH level and a sterilising agent to eradicate bacteria. Follow the instructions on the packet for best results.
Step 3 : Cut the stems
To enable your flowers to take up as much water as possible, you’ll need to cut the stems daily. To get the best cut, use a sharp knife or scissors and cut at an angle. This will give the stems more surface area to take up water. Never use blunt blades as these can damage the stems.
Step 4 : Prune
Remove any leaves below the waterline. It will not only make your bouquet look better, but also prevent bacterial growth. Some flowers, like roses, have guard petals which are the two or three outermost petals of the flower. Removing these will allow your flower to open up fully. After your initial pruning, you should check your flowers daily for dead or loose leaves and petals in order to avoid bacterial rot.
Step 5 : Display your flowers at the correct spot
Finding the perfect environment for your flowers will help them flourish for longer. Always display your blooms away from direct sunlight or heat sources such as radiators. Keep them away from the fruit bowl too. This is because some fruits, especially bananas, emit ethylene gas which causes flowers to deteriorate quickly.
Step 6 : Handle with care
Some flowers can be harmful if consumed. Lilies, both the petals and pollen, can be extremely toxic to cats. Care should be taken to keep all flowers and foliage out of the reach of children and pets. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We’d be happy to help!