Flower Care
Fresh Cut Roses
  1. Fill a vase with water and flower food provided by florist.
  2. Cut about 1" from the bottom of each stem at a diagonal angle.
  3. Remove all stems and leaves below water level to avoid bacteria growth.
  4. Remove the outermost petal from each rose bud.
  5. Re-cut stems and replace the water every other day. Keep away from direct sunlight or drafts.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Roses with tight buds will open up when put in warm water for several hours.
  • To revive a drooping rose, cut the stem and submerge the entire rose in water for about an hour. Straighten the stem and bud in the water. Then replace it in the vase.

Vase and Basket Bouquets

  1. Immediately upon arrival, and each day thereafter, add tepid water as needed to the arrangement.
  2. Remove all the foliage (leaves) on the stems that will be in water. If you do not remove these leaves, the leaves will deteriorate and give off a harmful gas in the water and will reduce the life of the flowers.
  3. Avoid direct sunlight and excessively hot or cold locations.

Tips and Tricks:

  • For extra longevity, cut the flower stems every other day and change the water adding floral preservative.
  • Flowers with tight buds or blooms will open up when put in warm water for several hours

Green and Blooming Plants

  1. Most house plants, including those planted together in dish gardens do best in moderately moist soil.
  2. The soil should be cool and moist, never soggy, one half inch below the surface. Some plants require different moisture levels, so if in doubt check with your florist.
  3. Using water at room temperature, water thoroughly all around the top of the soil until water begins to run out of the drain holes. If possible, after an hour, empty any excess water left in the saucer. Dish gardens and pots without drain holes should be watered sparingly in order to avoid over watering.

Delicate Flowers

Lilies

  1. Cut about 1" from the bottom of each stem at a diagonal angle then place in a vase of fresh water.
  2. Remove all stems and leaves below the water level.
  3. Re-cut stems and change the water in the vase every other day.

Tips and Tricks:

  • As the lilies open, you will need to gently remove the pollen anthers by pinching them off to avoid pollen dust. Pollen can stain clothing and furniture; you can use sticky tape to remove it.

Orchids

  1. Orchids should come with the stems in a water vial. Remove this vial and cut about 1/2" off the bottom of the stem and submerge in fresh water for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Place orchids into a vase filled with fresh water and flower food.
  3. Keep away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  4. Mist the orchid blossoms frequently with water.
  5. Re-cut stems and replace the water every other day.

Tulips

  1. Cut about 1/2" from the bottom of each stem at a diagonal angle, leaving tulips in their cellophane wrapping.
  2. Place tulips in a vase with fresh water and flower food for 30 minutes, then carefully remove the wrapping.
  3. Keep away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  4. Replace water and cut the stems when the water becomes slightly cloudy.

   

 

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