Check your flowers daily.
Keep the vase, container or liner filled with fresh water. Even if the container has floral foam, you should keep the water level high to promote long lasting flowers. The container’s water has a fresh flower food added to it. If you completely change the water, you should also thoroughly clean the container. Add fresh water mixed with a commercial fresh flower food. These flower foods may be supplied by the florist who delivered your order and they contain the correct ingredients to properly nourish the flowers, keep bacteria at bay (which can block the stems and prevent them from absorbing water), encourage buds to open, and lengthen the life of the bouquet. It’s one of the best—and easiest—ways to extend the life of your flowers, but be sure to follow the directions on the package correctly. Improperly mixed flower food can actually do more harm than good.
Re-cut their stems.
Every few days, remove the flowers from the design and re-cut the stems. Remove 3/4″ to one inch from the bottom of the stem and be sure to cut the stem at an angle to allow the flower the best chance to take up water. Use a sharp knife or sharp floral cutter or scissor. Avoid smashing or piercing the stems, as this can destroy the water vessels in the stem and prevent water absorption. Remove any spent or damaged blooms or foliage that falls below the waterline in the vase.
To avoid disturbing the stem placements in a vase arrangement, tie the stems with twine just above the vase’s edge before taking them out of their vase. Hold the tied arrangement at the twine-bound point to re-cut the stems. Then place them back into the clean vase with the fresh water and a flower food.
Change their water, and add additional fresh flower food.
Be sure to clean the vase before refilling it with room-temperature water mixed with the proper amount of fresh flower food. Be sure no debris is floating in the water (such as leaves and stem parts) as this could promote the growth of bacteria which can shorten a flower’s life.
Display them in a cool spot.
Most flowers prefer temperatures between 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 22 degrees Celsius) and are best displayed away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators, which give off heat and can cause flowers to dehydrate. Avoid placing fresh flowers near ripening fruit, which releases tiny amounts of ethylene gas that can age them prematurely.
Roses delivered in a Vase
Cole’s take utmost care of our roses from when they are received until they leave our door. Any roses that we have arranged in a vase already contain an appropriate amount of our professional flower preservative.
Here are some helpful tips to remember to keep your roses looking great for as long as possible!
- When adding water to the vase, always use room temperature or lukewarm water.
- If roses appear to droop, it is a good idea to remove all the roses from the vase and immerse several inches of the stems in to lukewarm water. The kitchen sink is a great place to do this.
- While under water, cut one inch off the stems using an angle cut.
- Leave roses in water until roses straighten. (generally 30-60 minutes)
- Transfer rose back to your desired vase. Ensure the water is fresh (lukewarm) and flower preservative is used.
Some other tips to keep roses looking good are:
- Check water level and clarity daily!
- Store in a cool place.
- Keep away from heat registers and direct sunlight.
Roses in a Hand-tied bouquet
Our most popular way to deliver or sell roses is in a hand-tied bouquet. Our hand-tied bouquets are left in water in our delivery vans or they are placed in water tubes or foam packets to keep them hydrated while on route.
When you receive:
- Fill vase with lukewarm water and add the floral preservative that we packaged with your roses. Please follow directions on flower food packet.
- Remove our packaging and hydration devices (water tubes, foam, or oasis foam)
- Immerse stems in several inches of water (again, kitchen sink is a great place to do this). While stems are immersed cut all the stems on an angle using a good pair of scissors or a sharp knife.
- After the stems are cut, place the roses immediately into your vase of choice.
Please follow the other tips above to keep the roses looking great!
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