Flower Care

Follow these basic instructions for longest vase life.

Did you know that the first 24 hours after delivery is the most crucial period, affecting the longevity of your flowers because they absorb half the water they require to survive during this time?

For Longest Vase Life
Use a clean vase and fill it with lukewarm water. Use tepid water as most flowers do not easily absorb cold water. Your flowers will look best for longest if you keep the water fresh and the vase clean by changing it on a regular basis (every two days). Re-cut the stems approximately 2-3cm on an angle with sharp scissors or secateurs. Keep your flowers in a cool place and away from draughts extreme heat and electrical appliances such as microwaves, televisions, computers and heaters. Keep flowers away from fruits as they release a gas called ethylene, which accelerates the ageing process in cut flowers. Remove any dead flower heads or leaves, this will help to prolong the life of the remaining flowers and promote other buds opening. 

Vase arrangements

Replace water in vase and re-cut stems (as above) every 2 days. To maintain the arrangements form, use an elastic band or some string to hold the stems together while out of the vase. After cleaning the vase and trimming the stems place back in fresh water and cut off the string/elastic. Remove any dead flower heads or leaves from the bouquet.

Gift Wrapped Bouquets
Remove paper wrapping from the bouquet as it is purely decorative and protection for the blooms. Leave the binding that holds the bouquet together intact to retain the design. 
Re-cut the stems 2-3cm on an angle with sharp scissors or secateurs and place into water immediately. Clean your vase; change the water and re-cut stems every 2 days. Remove any dead flower heads or leaves from the bouquet.

Wilting Blooms
Occasionally air bubbles form in the stems and can inhibit water absorption, causing the bloom to wilt. 
Re-cut the stem on an angle under water and hold under water for approximately 10 seconds; this will release the air bubbles and revive the wilted bloom.

Tulips are generally delivered in bud form and open up over time to reveal their colour. 
Re-cut tulip stems on an angle every 3 days. Tulips don’t mind dirty water. Tulips continue to grow once cut and generally grow towards the light.
They usually mature with a natural bend or ‘droop’, which is normal, but if you wish to keep the flowers upright, wrap the bunch in damp newspaper and stand in water overnight. Tulips will last best in a cool temperature or where the room is not heated.

Remove wet wrap or vials from the stems and remove all leaves that sit below the water line in the vase.
Cut stems on an angle about 2-3cm – this will assist the roses to drink properly; do not bruise or flatten the stems by using blunt utensils.
Ensure the vase you use is clean.
Use room temperature water: oxygen is drawn up more easily through the stems when water is tepid.
Gently remove any discoloured outside petals (these are left on during shipping to protect the rose head).
Change the water in the vase every second day.
Continue to remove old outer petals from the rose head to allow the rose to fully open.

Lilies will open better in well lit areas.
Re-cut stems 2-3cm on an angle every 2 days. 
We suggest removing the pollen from within Lilies as they open to prevent the staining of clothing, furniture and rugs. This can be done with a tissue to ensure you fingers are not stained. Should your clothing become stained the easiest way to remove the pollen is to dab the area with adhesive tape, gently lifting off the grains.
If you rub it with a cloth, it will only become embedded in the fabric. 

Gently submerge hydrangea heads in a sink of cold water when weather is hot or if their heads are flagging. 
Slice bark from the bottom of the stem and make a vertical slit in the base to permit a greater water intake. 
Fill a mug with boiling water, Dip 3-5cm of the stems into the boiling water for 5 seconds only and then place directly into your vase.

Bulb Flowers 

Flowering bulbs include hyacinths, daffodils and tulips. Cut away the white part of the stem, which does not take up water effectively and cut stems at an angle. 
Milky stems ooze sap, which can form a waterproof seal and stop the flow of water up the stem, also making the water cloudy. Singeing the cut stem will help prevent the problem. 

Woody Stems  
Such as Native flowers. Slice bark from the bottom of the stem and make a vertical slit in the base to permit a greater water intake.

Hairy Stems
Such as Gerberas and Poppies generally don’t like deep water. Place hairy stemmed flowers in water no more than 6cm deep.