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Flower Care

It is important to know how to look after your flowers once you have recieved them. Please read below for some instructions.

Roses

  • First things first; get your roses out of their wrappings and into water as soon as possible. Cut roses need lots of water and they need it right away.
  • Trim your stems by removing any dead or wilting leaves and discard any broken heads or wilting flowers as well
  • The next step is to cut off about 2cm from the bottom of each stem. A handy tip here is to do place each stem under running water and only use sharp scissors or secateurs. If you use anything blunt to cut them you risk damaging the stems and their ability to take up water.
  • Make sure the vase you use is clean and free from bacteria. A quick wash with soapy water and a good rinse should do the trick.
  • Home-made mixtures of flower food such as bleach or copper coins have been circulated for years but none of these have been proven to be as effective as the proper flower food that comes with your bouquet, so stick with this.
  • Once your flowers are placed in your chosen vase, you should remove any leaves or thorns that fall below the water level as these can cause algae and bacteria to form.
  • Roses are summer flowers and so prefer lukewarm water rather than cold water as it helps them to absorb their food and water more efficiently.
  • Check the water regularly and change it every two or three days to keep it fresh.
  • Cut roses are quite delicate and so you should keep your bouquet out of direct sunlight and away from cold draughts if you can.

Alstromeria - Peruvian Lilies

Avoid direct sunlight, excessive heat or drafts. Generally the cooler the room, the longer the roses last.
Check the water level daily and top up your vase using fresh, clean, lukewarm water. Change the water, ideally every other day, and add new flower food.
Keep flowers away from ripening fruit and remove faded flowers as they occur. These exude ethylene gas, which speeds deterioration of flowers around them.

Alstroemeria, aka “Peruvian Lilies”, is one of the best-selling flowers in our shop. The longevity, durability and colorful varieties have made them a favorite among our customers.

Whether you receive alstroemeria as a gift or buy them for yourself, they will either come arranged, boxed, or wrapped. If your alstroemeria arrives out of water, they likely will appear to be limp.

If so, here are seven steps you should immediately follow to extend the vase life of your alstroemeria: 

  1. Remove any leaves that may be under water.
  2. While holding the stems under water in a sink or under running water, cut about one inch off each stem with a sharp knife or shears. DO NOT let the newly cut end dry off before transferring it into another container.
  3. If buds appear to be very tight, submerging them in warm water will promote opening.
  4. Water to which a floral preservative solution has been added should be used to arrange fresh cut alstroemeria in. Using it as recommended will provide additional days of vase life. Try to avoid using water from a water softener.
  5. Immediately after the stems are cut, place your alstroemeria in a clean, deep vase of warm preservative solution (about 100 degrees F). Allow several hours to condition them before arranging.
  6. Temperature is a key factor in the lifespan of all flowers. Display your fresh cut alstroemeria arrangements in a cool area out of direct sunlight and drafts.
  7. Alstroemeria are thirsty flowers. It is important to check to see that the vase is full and add preservative solution as needed. If arranged in floral foam, be sure it is completely saturated and the container is full daily.

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