Fresh flowers are presented in many different and exciting ways. To get the most out of your flowers, follow these care guidelines for your unique arrangement.
Be sure to place your arrangement out of direct sunlight, away from all cold draughts, and nowhere near a heat source.
European Hand Tied Spiral Cut Flower Bouquets ~
This presentation bouquet is pre-arranged in our signature style. Prepare a vase or container that suits the dimensions of the bouquet. Rule of thumb: the vase or container should be half as high (or wide) as the blooms/greens reach. Make sure the container is sparkling clean – remember, any bacteria in the water will shorten the life span of your premium blossoms. Fill the container with clean warm water, and add the correct amount of flower food – the instructions for use are found right on the sachet. This package of flower food is just that, primarily food, but there is a trace amount of bacteria inhibitor. Don’t worry though! If you accidentally ingest it (for instance, if you mix the powder into the container, get distracted by a phone call, and your husband uses it in the chili he is making, true story!!!) it is completely non-toxic, made up of plant friendly sugars. Eat the chili! Hold the bouquet in front of the container to gauge how short to cut the flowers – the greens collar surrounding the flowers should rest on the edge of the vase, and stems should reach as close to the bottom of the container as possible. Always re-cut stems on an angle before placing in water, even if the bouquet seems to be the correct height when you receive it. Using a sharp knife is best practice, however, any sharp cutting tool will work. Flowers and greenery will naturally dry out at the cut part of the stem when left out of water, and need a fresh cut to allow them to draw up water again. You can cut off the tie binding the bouquet together (feel free to redesign to your heart’s content), or leave it intact. Eventually, you’ll have to remove the binding so you can dispose of anything that has reached the end of its life cycle. Now you can pop the whole shebang into the container! Every 3 days or so, disinfect the container and re-cut stems on an angle before placing in fresh water with flower food.
Vase Arrangements and Cut Flower Bouquets ~
To make it easy for the recipient, or due to the occasion, often times your flowers come arranged in a vase or container, with water already treated with flower food. When at all possible, conserve this water solution, top up on receiving, and add fresh clean water daily. Every 3 days or so, disinfect the container and re-cut stems on an angle before placing in fresh water with flower food.
Arrangements in Floral Foam ~
Professionally designed arrangements occasionally come in a biodegradable floral foam. Top up arrangement on receiving, and daily, with a solution of flower food and water (the instructions for use are found right on the sachet). This foam allows for great freedom of design, and creations can be spectacular. Once a stem is pushed into the foam, it stays secure, and shouldn’t be shifted. Any time there is a shift, there will be a hole that is opened up in the foam that could become an airlock. If the stem of a bloom ends up in that air pocket, they will wilt and die. For this reason, these designs shouldn’t be rearranged in the foam. As blooms reach the end of their cycle, they can be removed. Eventually, if there are too many unsightly holes that start showing, all remaining blooms and greens can be removed, and the foam discarded. Choose a sparkling clean vase, fill with clean water, and add the correct amount of flower food. Re-cut stems on an angle before placing in water.