Flower Care Guide – How to look after your flowers

Extend the life of your flowers

Your flowers will arrive following a period without any water. Which is why we include Follow these care tips to help your flowers give their best display for as long as possible.

Trim: Remove around two centimeters on an angle to help the stems absorb water and to revitalise your flowers. Clean scissors work well for softer stems but woodier foliage may need secateurs.

Renew: Empty the old water as soon as it begins to cloud and replace with clean water removing any wilting flowers from the bouquet.

Sustain: Don’t forget to replace the plant food you’ve thrown out with the water.

Display: Rearrange your bouquet to create another amazing display.

Review: Be aware of Remove flowers or leaves that fall into the water and remove them as quickly as possible. Look out for discolouration at the bottom of your stems so you can cut off decay and prolong the life of your flowers.

Help your flowers flourish

We take great care when choosing your flowers to ensure they arrive in the best condition possible. Sometimes this means we use flowers that haven’t yet bloomed. By sending flowers in bud, the tough outer petals protect the delicate blossoms so you get a perfect petal as they begin to open. It also means you’ll enjoy the complete life of the flower from bud to full bloom.

These simple steps will help you prepare your flowers and help them recover from their journey.

Prepare your vase: Wash out your vase using warm water mixed with a teaspoon of bleach. Ensure you rinse thoroughly and leave to drip dry on a surface away from children and pets. This process removes any bacteria and ensures your blooms will last longer as well as helping glass vases to sparkle beautifully.

Add our flower food: We provide a sachet of nutritious plant food with every bunch to give your flowers added power. Tip it into your vase to boost the longevity of your bouquet.

Fill your vase with clean tap water: About two thirds should be plenty. If you have enough time, allow the water to adjust to room temperature. This prevents the stems from being shocked and allows any air bubbles, which decrease water absorption, to disappear. Keep an eye on the water level to ensure every stem is able to drink and top up or arrange your flowers to ensure the base of each stem is underwater. Remove those leaves that will fall below the waterline. Leaves and liquid don’t mix so keep them away from the waterline and remove any that fall into the vase. This will prevent them from decaying and contaminating the water keeping bacteria levels low and flower life long.

Trim the bottom of each stem with a sharp knife: Make a clean diagonal cut on a 45° angle to remove the bottom two centimetres of each stem and help your flowers remain hydrated. Look out for discolouration at the bottom of the stems – this means the stem is decaying and therefore it needs to be removed to avoid high levels of bacteria in the vase. Repeating this process will lengthen the life of your flowers and help the flowers to put on their best show.

Add your flowers to the vase: There’s an art to creating the perfect display and you can master it more quickly than you might think. Scroll down to take a look at our guide on arranging your flowers and share your photos on our social media pages.

Position your vase carefully: Help your flowers live longer by positioning them away from direct sunlight, heat and draughts. Placing an arrangement next to a fruit bowl is also not recommended as the ripening fruit gives off a chemical that prematurely ages flowers.

Keep the water and bouquet clean and fresh: For longer-flourishing flowers, remove any wilting blooms to prevent them from infecting others. And remember to refresh the water every other day or as soon as it becomes cloudy or discoloured.

Enjoy your beautiful flowers for longer

Follow these tips and you’ll be able to enjoy your beautiful flowers for longer.

Now your delivery has arrived, it’s time to prepare your flowers so they remain fresh and looking fantastic for as long as possible.

Wash: To clean your vase with , mix some warm water and with a teaspoon of bleach. Rinse thoroughly and leave to drip dry. This will remove any bacteria and ensure longer lasting blooms.

Nourish: Add the sachet of nutritious plant food that accompanies every bunch.

Hydrate: Fill your vase about two thirds of the way to the top with fresh cold water and. In an ideal world, you’ll allow it to adjust to room temperature before adding your flowers.

Prepare: Help your stems hydrate by trimming two centimeters from the bottom of each stem using a clean diagonal cut. Remove any leaves that will become submerged to avoid bacteria and prolong flower life.

Picking the right vase

Now it’s time to choose your vase as beautiful flowers deserve heavenly homes

When your flowers arrives, many of them will be in bud. We recommend giving them plenty of room so they can unfurl their beautiful petals. From columns to cubed, flared round and cone, there are a huge variety of vases to choose from. Our guide to picking the right vase will help you make all the difference to your display.

Choose your vase using these rules of thumb:

  • Pick a vase so that the length of your flower stems are no more than one and a half to two times its height.
  • For larger bouquets, choose a wide-mouthed vase to give each flower plenty of room to bloom.
  • Fewer stems will be better supported in a vase with a narrower mouth so they don’t spread out too far.
  • Go for glass if you’re confident about arranging the stems to form part of the overall look.
  • Or opt for ceramic in neutral tones to ensure the flowers are the main focus.

However you house your flowers, make sure you position your vase carefully to make the most of your delivery. Try to keep your display away from fruit, direct sunlight, heat and droughts to help your arrangement flowers live longer.

Vase alternatives

Try something different with these vase alternatives. While a vase might be the expected choice to display house your flowers, there are plenty of creative alternatives.

As you care for your blooms, you’ll naturally end up with shorter stems as you continue to trim discolored ends. Make the most of any hardy survivors by housing your remaining flowers in one of these unconventional alternatives.

  • A long drink: Tall drinking glasses or interior designer goldfish bowls make a fantastic modern alternative.
  • Vintage vases: Pretty teapots and cups provide the perfect home for traditional blooms.
  • Countryside elegance: Consider using a decorative metal pail to complement countryside flowers.

Traditional flower arrangement

We select flowers that naturally complement one another so even if you only have a spare second to pop them in water, they’ll still look beautiful. To make your bouquet really stand out, here are some simple-to-follow tips for a traditional arrangement, follow these steps.

Begin with the greens: Criss-cross the stems of any leaves or foliage in the vase to. This creates a gridwork for your flowers to sit between that willand makes a collar around the top of the vase to protect and support the blooms.

Check your stems: Your stems should be no longer than one and a half to two times the height of the vase. If your vase is too small, cut to size to prevent any toppling accidents.

Create height and depth: Choose a larger flower asto create a focal point. Some blooms can be placed so the bottom of their stems touch the sides creating varying heights and greater visibility of the blossoms.

Check every angle: As you place each stem, keep turning the vase so you can see it from every angle. This will ensure your flowers fill all the gaps to create a rounded look with interest on every side.

Keep an eye on the water level: Ensure every stem is immersed in the water by topping up the vase or tweaking your arrangement.

Alternative flower arrangement approaches

If you want to try something a little different, here are a few alternative approaches.

The Flared Bouquet

Take one flower at a time adding them to your bouquet at a sharp angle.

Hold the stems down with your thumb as you add flowers and foliage, rotating to ensure a mix of colours. you don’t have too much of a particular colour in any one place.

The Elegant Swirl

Create a loose bouquet using the technique outlined above but do not tie. Hold the stems above the vase and gently place them into the water. By building your arrangement in one direction, the stems will naturally flare out to create an elegant swirl.

The Twist

This quick and easy display takes just seconds to do and works well with a glass vase. Place your first stem into the vase then place the next stem across it. Continue crossing the stems to form a twist until your vase is full and looks spectacular.

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