Flowers Care Essentials:
Are they not lovely? You receive a beautiful selection of flowers and I am sure that now you’ll want to keep them looking their best for as long as possible.
We’ve put together some basic care instructions to follow and if you would like to know more about, you shouldn't worry we cover that too!
Once you open your box you will be surprised by a lovely selection of flowers in their 100% Eco-wrapping.
Remove the recycled Kraft paper & the hessian which by the way is 100% compostable but if you are one of those super creative types, up-cycle it! And don’t forget why not send and share a photo with us when you do!
Then remove the biodegradable bag and the biodegradable hydrating fabric (both great in helping us to keep the flowers happy during their overnight carbon-neutral journey) and appreciate the beauty of the flower and the naked stem.
Let's Cut It!
Start your bouquet off on the right foot with a quick trim! Find a pair of good scissors, secateurs or even a sharp kitchen knife and trim at least 2 cm off each stem. Pro Tip: aim for a 45° angle. This provides more surface area for the flowers to drink from and prevents the stems from sitting flush to the bottom of the vase (where bacteria can build up). Daily stem trims (or as often as you can remember) will also help to ensure your stems can get a fresh drink as they age!
And now the water!
Your flowers may have travelled overnight to get to you! After their adventure they're definitely feeling a little thirsty - give some water to them! Fill a clean vase with lukewarm tap water & the flowers food and pop the bouquet in (after you’ve trimmed the stems of course)! Pro Tip: change the water daily (or as often as you can possibly remember!) This helps reduce the growth of bacteria in the vase water which will help you to get more bloom life from your bouquet.
Remember to then remove any leaves that are below the waterline.
Help your flowers live their best life and keep them out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. Unlike in the field, cut flowers don't love sunshine or heat. In fact, both can dramatically shorten their lifespan in the vase. That means that a sunny windowsill is off limits! Last, it’s important to remember that with a mixed arrangement different flowers will have longer blooming life than others. Take care to remove the blooms that begin to wilt before the others! Just like changing the vase water, this will help to prevent excessive bacteria build up and extend the life of the rest of the flowers in the arrangement!
Do you want to know more about how to keep your flowers?
Why should I trim my flower stems?
Flower are thirsty all the time! We send them to you with our special biodegradable hydrating fabric but they will be thirsty on arrival.
Cut about 2 cm from the bottom of the stems at a 45-degree angle. This stops the stems from resting on the bottom of the vase and increases the surface area of them - allowing for better water uptake. Remove any foliage that will sit below the waterline, as this will decompose quickly and increase the build up of debris in the vase.
Pro Tip: cut the stems with sharp scissors, and cut thick-stemmed flowers such as amaryllis with a sharp knife. Blunt scissors or dull instruments can crush the stems and prevent the flowers from properly absorbing water.
How do I choose a vase?
A vase that is half the height of the flower stem, should be perfect.
Make sure that your vase is clean before use and if you want to give even more life to your flowers then leave the vase to dry naturally, as using a towel can reintroduce bacteria which may cause your flowers to deteriorate quicker.
How much water do I need to put in the vase?
Fill the vase two-thirds with water - use lukewarm water as flowers can drink this more quickly. Avoid using hot or cold water as this can shock delicate flowers. If needed, leave the filled vase to sit to allow the water to reach room temperature and let any air bubbles escape. Add the flower food - this contains sugar to feed the flowers and bleach which slows the growth of algae and bacteria. Algae clogs up the stems and makes it harder for the flowers to drink.
Where should I keep my flowers?
Cut flowers last longer in cool conditions. To prevent flowers from drying out and wilting, keep them away from drafts and heat sources. Avoid placing them where they will be exposed to direct sunlight or on top of radiators. If you place them near a window, the flowers can also quickly get damaged. Top tip: keep your flowers away from the fruit bowl, especially if it contains apples. Apples and other fruit give off ethylene gas which causes flowers to deteriorate.
How often should I change the water for my flowers?
Top up the water every other day and change it immediately if you notice the water has turned cloudy. Even with flower food, bacteria eventually builds up in the vase and can clog up the stems, preventing flowers from drinking. Remove any dead or wilting stems from the arrangement, clean the vase with warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly before refilling.
Pro Tip: To keep your flowers blooming beautifully, make sure you trim the stems and refresh their water every few days. This will help extend their vase life.