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Flower Care: Florada's Tips on How to Keep Your Petals Perky!

Flower Care: Florada's Tips on How to Keep Your Petals Perky!

Flower Care

We want you to enjoy your flowers for as long as possible, so we have created a source of information to help get the best from your blooms. Read through carefully and follow our flower care guide for helpful tips and tricks on how to care for your flowers.

Cut stems immediately

Unwrap your bouquet and cut stems at a sharp angle when you receive your flowers, and pop them immediately into a vase filled with fresh water (about 2/3 full or so all stems are reaching the water level). This allows the flowers to drink from a freshly cut stem and means they will be the correct height for your vase. Do this every 1-2 days to refresh the stems and get rid of any petals or leaves may have dropped into the vase and can cause bacteria to build up and reduce the vase life of your flowers. 

Design

To get the best from your flower arrangement that has been designed especially for you, we recommend leaving the string on your bouquet if you think the vase won’t support the flowers in its arrangement. Cut the stems to an appropriate length for your vase so they sit well and stems aren't poking up above the top of the vase too much. Avoid untying the design by removing the string unless you know it will hold in position in your vase. This way, the flowers will remain in the beautiful design that we have created for you!

Change the water

Changing the water every day or every second day as an absolute minimum keeps the flowers fresh, so you can enjoy them for longer! Bacteria builds up over time, and unclean water can kill your flowers before they are due.

Spray foliage

This only applies to some types of flowers. For example, spray or dunk hydrangea heads with water every day or every second day. They love water and absorb it through the petals. Even if they look wilted, applying water can bring them back to life after a few hours! Before you get frustrated and throw them out, try this trick! Well maintained hydrangea can last up to two weeks, and can also be easily propagated.

Flower vase life expectancy 

Our bouquets are made up of many varieties and some flowers will last longer than others in the bunch. Some flowers may last 4-5 days while others can have up to a 1-2 week vase life if they are properly cared for. As some flowers start to expire in the bunch, remove any that look wilted or deteriorated and remove wilted leaves. Often the leaves can deprive flower head of hydration–when practicing flower care you can pick off any excess leaves to rejuvenate flowers.

Sun/breeze exposure 

Flowers will wilt if left in direct sunlight. Place flowers in the coolest spot in your home away from strong breezes and direct sunlight. 

Specific flower tips

  • Chrysanthemum might loose some petals, they are delicate! But they can last up to two weeks. 

  • Hydrangeas need water and drink via their petals. Keep them hydrated by spritzing with water or dunking the entire head in a sink full of fresh cool water. 

  • Roses don’t like to be sprayed with water. Just a fresh cut will do.

  • Tulips may droop, that’s part of their beauty! 

  • Dahlias have a 3-5 day vase life, remove these from the bunch when they have expired to prevent them from breaking down and creating bacteria in the vase water. 

 And remember, flower care is self-care! It encourages us toconnect with nature,  slow down and to appreciate the little things.