There are some simple rules to making flowers last, based on common sense. Like everything, treat them well, and they will bloom for ages...
- Carefully remove all packaging.
- Keep the string tied around stems if you want to retain a strong shape on hand-tied bouquets; remove it if you want to arrange the flowers yourself.
- Using a sharp, clean blade or scissors, cut 1 inch off each stem at a 45-degree angle.
- Place the bouquet in a clean vase that is large enough to allow the stems to reach at least halfway down. Fill three-quarters of the vase with lukewarm water and add flower food (this really does work; it’s not just a gimmick!). Do not use metal containers if using flower food, as metal can neutralise the food’s beneficial effects.
- Remove any fronds and leaves which lie below the water level; these will decompose and contaminate the water, killing off your flowers.
- Place the bouquet in a cool position, away from heating or cooling vents and appliances, direct sunlight or draughts.
- Keep the flowers away from fruit - the gas that is given off when ripening will kill your flowers.
- Add fresh water daily.
Arrangements and Rose Hatboxes
- Do not allow the florist foam to dry out completely or become water logged.
- Top up the water carefully with a small jug each day, to ensure the roses can drink daily
- Please be aware that we may use a rose stem to prop the lid up away from the roses. This is not a broken stem!
- To prevent water damage always place arrangements on surfaces that are non porous. Better still on a protective mat
CAUTION: Lily pollen can stain. In case of contact, dab off with cellotape. Do not use water. Berries may also stain and must not be eaten.