General Flower Care
Fill vase with fresh tap water and add preservative and/or small white patch (the appropriate preservative for your flower variety will be in box). Remove any leaves that may fall below the water line when flowers are in vase, and trim 1” off of the bottom of the stems, cutting the stems at an angle with a sharp pair of scissors. Arrange flowers in vase and enjoy.
Extend the life of your flowers by:
- changing the water and re cutting stems every 5 days
- checking the water level often and replenishing as needed
- keeping flowers out of direct sunlight and away from hot or cold drafts
- removing dead blooms and leaves as they naturally occur.
Specific Flower Care
Orchids are easy to care for and long lasting. Simply make sure that they are given fresh water regularly and they will keep anywhere between 2-4 weeks.
As the buds open remove pollen by pulling gently on the stamens and discard, this will help prevent the pollen from staining petals or fabric. If pollen accidently gets on fabric, avoid rubbing or dabbing with a damp cloth. Instead wait for the pollen to dry and gently brush off with a soft brush, tissue or blot with sticky tape. Pollen stains may be removed from washable fabrics by pre-treating it with an enzymatic detergent.
Gerberas are very sensitive to bacteria in the water and live best in clean water and clean vase. Change your gerbera water often to keep them perky!
Chrysanthemums make an excellent and long lasting filler flower however these beauties are lovely standing on their own as well. Make sure to remove all foliage below water line to ensure clean water and longer lasting flowers.
Take special care when unpacking your tropical anthuriums as bending or creasing the flower will bruise and darken that area. If the heads are a bit soft or wilted simply place in cold water (head in water) for about 15 minutes to refresh.
Remove the irregular outside petals called “guard petals”. These have been left on during shipment to protect the rose.