Flower care

Step-By-Step Guide

To make your newly bought flowers last as long as possible they need that little extra care. Flowers who are cared for can live many days longer than neglected ones. This is a step-by-step guide to help you make the most of your beautiful blooms.

Step 1: Unbox Your Flowers

When you first receive your letterbox flowers, carefully remove the stems from the packaging without damaging the flower heads.

Step 3: Trim Stems

Cut approx 2-3 cm at an angle with a sharp pair of scissors, secateurs or knife from the base of each stem. It's important to make sure you cut the stems at an angle as this allows the flowers to drink from a larger surface.

Step 4: Remove leaves

Remove any leaves and thorns that falls below the water line. Leaves that’s left in the water will cause bacteria growth and your fresh flowers will wilt faster.

Step 5: Pick vase

Now to choosing the vase. The important thing is to pick a vase that is tall enough so the stems gets enough support. The general rule is that the length o the flower stem should be no more than one and a half to two times the height of your selected vase. As well as the height of the vase, look at the opening. If the neck is too wide it might not provide enough support for the stems and you could lose the shape of the arrangement. Too narrow an opening and it could constrain the design of the bouquet or even damage the stems.

Step 6: Fresh water

Fill your newly cleaned vase with two thirds of clean fresh water. Make sure there aren't any leaves in the new water and that the vase is cleaned properly.

Step 7: Flower food

You can add flower food to your water or to keep your water clean and clear for longer add 1/2 tablet of Milton to your water instead of the flower food. Milton gets rid of any bacteria that builds up in the water.

Step 8: Perfect spot

Flowers last longer in cool places (18° – 22°C). Try to avoid placing flowers in direct sunlight or in contact with heating appliances such as fans or radiators or in areas with a draught.

Step 9: Top up water

Re-cut the stems every other day by ½” to ensure they are drawing the maximum water. Make sure the water is topped off and changed every 2-3 days.

For droopy flowers

To help revive droopy flowers..
  • Re-trim the stems at a 45-degree angle to remove any air bubbles that may be blocking water uptake.
  • Change the water in the vase.
  • Place the tulips in a cool, dark location for a few hours to help them recover.
  • If the tulips are still droopy after a few hours, you can try wrapping the stems loosely in damp paper towels and placing them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. This can help rehydrate the stems and perk up the flowers.