Care for Flowers and Arrangements
- As with all perishable goods flowers are very fragile.
- How you care for them will make an important difference to the length that your flowers last.
For hand tied bouquets and gift wraps
- Hand tied bouquets are carefully arranged by the florist so they can be placed straight into a vase – by you – on arrival.
- You should remove all external packaging, but if you want to keep the shape of the bouquet it is best to leave the string tied around the stems.
- Trim the stems by 3cm at an angle with a knife or secateurs.
- Remove any leaves below water line as leaves in water promote bacterial growth.
- Fill a clean container with clean luke warm water and use the flower food supplied.
- Your hand tied bouquet will usually arrive Aqua-packed with a reservoir of water secured at their base.
- To remove, simply hold your bouquet over a sink and cut off the bottom of the film.
- You should place your bouquet away from draughts, direct heat or sunlight; so not on top of the television, radiators or sunny windowsills.
- Place your bouquet in a cool location and top up the vase water daily.
- Lily pollen may stain, remove stamen from opening blooms.
- Cutting the stems every 3 days also prevents bacteria blocking the stem.
- Hard and woody stems such as roses should be cut at least 3cms (approx 1 inch) at a sharp angle. This is particularly important with roses.
- Roses should not be left out of water for more than one hour, cut stems and place in deep cold water immediately.
- Should the heads of the Roses droop, wrap the heads together very tightly in paper, cut the stems and place in deep cold water for up to 2-3 Hours.
- Keep repeating these instructions when necessary.
- Where flowers are arranged in floral foam either in a container or basket please add water every 2 days – Remove arrangement off polished surfaces to avoid water spillage.
- Place away from draughts, direct heat or sunlight – so do not place on top of the television, radiators or a sunny windowsill.
- Some flowers and foliage may be toxic or cause irritations, keep out of the reach of children.
- Lily stamens are known to stain permanently – avoid contact with all surfaces (You may prefer to remove stamens)