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.