Keep them fresher for longer
Nothing makes you smile quite like fresh flowers. Flowers are perishable products which are directly affected by the environment they are exposed to - this will affect their longevity. Here are some tips from our flower experts that will help you keep your flowers fresh, lasting longer and looking their best.
Caring for cut flowers
(bouquets, bunches and flowers in vases)
- If your flowers arrive packaged in a cello wrap with a waterbag at the base, it is best to remove them - puncture the base over the sink, let the water drain out and then remove the cello wrap. See next section if you do not have a vase.
- Fill a clean vase with water and add the flower food sachet as per the instructions provided with your flowers.
- Cut approximately 2cm off all the stems (diagonally) with sharp scissors and remove any leaves that will fall below the waterline as they will create bacteria and spoil the water very quickly. Place flowers immediately into the prepared vase.
- Top up the water regularly and change it completely every 2 to 3 days. Trim 2cm off the stems each time you change the water, removing any spent blooms and foliage during this period.
- Place the vase in a cool, draft-free position, away from direct sunlight and fruit / vegetables, avoiding extreme changes in temperature and do not place the vase on top of heat-generating appliances or other electrical equipment such as fridges and microwave ovens.
Caring for arrangements
(in floral foam, or cello wrap water bag if you do not have a vase)
- Leave the flowers in the floral foam / container / box / cello wrap water bag that they arrived in.
- Check the water level daily and top up with water mixed with the flower food sachet provided.
- Cut off any spent blooms and foliage to keep the arrangement looking fresh.
- Do not let the florist foam / container / water bag dry out.
- Place the arrangement in a cool, draft-free position, away from direct sunlight and fruit, avoiding extreme changes in temperature and do not place on top of heat-generating appliances or other electrical equipment such as fridges and microwave ovens.