To bring your recipient even longer lasting pleasure, we have a more detailed guidelines for extending the life of cut flowers alongside an outline of the flowers that make up your bouquet are given below.
|Floral Care & Handling Instructions
||1. Dissolve the fresh flower food in one quart of water.
||2. Fill a clean vase with this solution.
||3. Remove lower foliage up to the vase's rim and re-cut stems diagonally.
||4. Arrange your Flowers in vase.
|Note: Do not place flowers in direct sun or next to heating or air-conditioning vents.
|Here are some hints to help you make the flowers you receive look graceful and natural for many days to come.
- When placing your flowers in a vase or a basket, make sure that the height of the tallest stem is one and a half times the width of the base of the vase or basket.
- Whenever trimming the stems, use sharp scissors to make a clean cut that will not injure the flowers, and cut the stems at an angle rather than straight across.
- Arrange the stems so that the smallest flower or bud is at the top, and the biggest at the bottom. This means that the larger the flower, the shorter the stem will be.
- Let the stems curve naturally the way they want to. Use a few leaves or some delicate stems for filling in the spaces between the flowers. This is also good for covering up the base of the flower holder if your vase or container is made of glass.
- Strip the stems of any leaves which are below the surface of the water. We suggest changing the water in the vase once a day. Unfortunately, most people do not change the water until it starts to smell after three days. If you spill the water out only by the end of the third day, there will be a strong odor similar to rotten eggs or even worse. Take our advice, don't wait for the third day!
- Do not jam too many flowers into one vase. One bouquet does not necessarily equal one vase. Sometimes it may be necessary to split the bouquet up into two vases. The flowers will last longer this way.
- You do not need to buy expensive vases. Many pretty vases can be bought for very little money.
- Flowers do not show up well in pale-colored vases. Do not decorate painted cans and other containers. Let the flowers in them be the decoration. A vase will look more interesting if you stand it on some kind of base, such as a block of painted wood or a round mirror.
Care of cut flowers
- Remove all packaging and trim the stems by 1-2", making a diagonal cut with a sharp knife or secateurs.
- Remove any leaves that will be below the waterline.
- Place the flowers in a vase containing clean lukewarm water mixed with the sachet of flower food provided, following the guidelines on the reverse of the sachet. Do not use metal containers as they neutralise the effects of flower food.
- Display the flowers in a cool, light location away from draughts, direct heat, sunshine or fresh fruit.
Keep the vase water level topped up as necessary.
- To refresh flowers after 4-5 days, remove any drooping flowers or foliage, re-cut stems by 1-2cm and replace in fresh lukewarm water.
Special note: Lily pollen can stain clothing, furniture etc. In case of contact leave to dry, then brush off. Do not use water
Care of orchids
- Water cut orchids regularly, keep the vase topped up with water.
- Do not allow the compost or oasis to dry out completely or become waterlogged.
- Frequent misting of the orchids with water is recommended. Please note: Cymbidium orchids do not require misting.
- Treat planted orchids with plant food once a month. After flowering, cut the flower stem at the base of the plant. With the right care and conditions, your orchid will flower again after six months.
- Remove any dead blossoms to promote further flowering.
- Although your basket includes a waterproof liner, we do not recommend placing it on a polished surface. Display in a bright position away from direct sunlight, drafts, fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Your flower delivery may include special transit feed-and-water wadding, we recommend you do not place it on an unprotected surface.
- Flowers and plants are for display only and must not be consumed.
- Always keep cut flowers and vases out of the reach of children and pets.