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Care For Your Bouquets

How to take care of your bouquets

Receiving a bouquet is an amazing experience, but if you have received your bouquet and are not at home, make sure that the bouquet is put into water as soon as possible. Read our checklist on how to take care of your bouquet when you are at home.

  • Find yourself a clean vase. In fact, give the vase a scrub with warm water and washing up liquid just to be sure, this prevents bacteria from growing and gives the flowers a head start.
  • Our flowers are normally delivered in bud, this allows the flowers to last even longer and you can watch the bouquet bloom into a stunning display of colour and scent over the coming days.
  • See what flowers you have received, for example if you have received daffodils make sure you don’t re-cut them. Daffodil sap can be harmful to other stems, daffodil specific flower food can neutralise this risk though.
  • If the bouquet contains any lilies that are open, we recommend removing the stamens. This will save your clothes, furniture and carpet from stubborn stains but also ensures the lilies last even longer. Use a paper towel to remove them, starting at the base, don’t cut them!
  • Cut the stems, this needs to be done before you place the flowers in your now super clean vase and the flowers will need to be re-cut every few days, roughly an inch from the bottom. Cut the stem at an angle, this increases the surface area and allows the flower to take in more water.
  • Place the flowers somewhere light, but not in direct sunlight or near a radiator. Most cut flowers survive best between 18° and 22°C.  If you are picking flowers from your garden, we recommend doing this in the morning as this is when they are packed full of nutrients and fragrance.
  • Keep the flowers away from the fruit bowl! Fruit releases a gas called ethylene which breaks down other fruit around it and delicate flowers begin to perish prematurely.
  • Don’t forget about your stems, keep the water clean and fresh and change it every few days if you need to. Remove any dead flowers and prevent the foliage falling below the water line as this will harbour bacteria which shortens the life of the flowers.
  • Dress them up? You can make any bouquet look twice as spectacular by placing it in front of a mirror, you can decorate the vase with marbles, glass beads and even submersible lights for the wow factor!