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Make Your Bouquet Last With Our Flower Care Guide

 

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There's no denying the joy that comes with receiving a delivery of fresh flowers. To ensure your designer arrangement lasts as long as possible, follow our flower guide for tips on how to make it thrive. Many of our flowers may arrive with some of their blooms closed. With proper care they'll open to their full size. While some flowers require specialized care, most flowers do well when cared for in the following way:

  • Keep vase filled with fresh water; change water every 2-3 days
  • Trim stems at a 45-degree angle with a sharp knife or clippers with each water change.
  • Remove any leaves that fall below the water line
  • Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat or cold
  • Add floral food as directed to prevent bacteria growth and to provide your blooms with proper nourishment
Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria is a particularly thirsty flower, so check the vase often to ensure it's full (or the foam material is saturated).

Amaryllis

It's important to keep the stems of amaryllis (which are hollow) filled with water at all times. When changing the water and re-trimming the stems, turn them upside down and fill them with water, plugging the bottom of each stem with a cotton ball or your finger until it's back in the vase. Be careful when handling the stems, especially at the bottom, as they can be brittle and may bend or break. Wrapping the stem ends in clear tape will help prevent this. As new blooms open, carefully pinch off older, wilting blooms.

Anemone

The same general care guidelines described above apply to anemones, but because their stems are delicate and easily damaged, handle them gently and support their stems when re-cutting. The soft nature of the blossoms means you'll enjoy them for 3-5 days.

Bells Of Ireland

These tiny, slightly fragrant green bells feature a tiny white blossom in the center. When you follow general care guidelines, your bells of Ireland should last 7-10 days.

Bird Of Paradise

Each stem of a bird of paradise usually contains about 4-5 flowers, but sometimes only one flower is visible, as others are hidden in another part of the flower. When one exposed flower withers it should be removed so another one can emerge out of the flower's boat-shaped bract. If a flower remains closed, you can gently part the sheath a bit to reveal the flower inside. As it hydrates, it'll open more on its own. These exotic blooms are sensitive to temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so display them in a warm spot.

Callas (both full size and miniature varieties)

It's important to be extra gentle when handling callas because their spathe (the colored part of the flower) can bruise easily. Callas have thick fleshy stems that tend to curl at the bottom as they age. They should be re-cut every 2 days for maximum vase life. They tend to be thirsty flowers, so check the water level of your vase often.

Carnations

When cared for properly, carnations can last 7-14 days. Similar to many other flowers, carnations are sensitive to ethylene, a gas released by ripening fruits. Keep your carnation arrangement away from bowls of fruit.

Chrysanthemums

The foliage of chrysanthemums often deteriorates more quickly than the flowers themselves; remove the drooping foliage as soon as possible. Chrysanthemums typically suffer from blocked stems. Re-cutting the stems often will help prevent this. Most chrysanthemums will last 7-12 days.

Daffodils

Daffodils last longer in shallow water. When the stems are cut, they release sap that can shorten the life of other flowers. To prevent this, place the freshly trimmed stems in a bucket of water for at least 12 hours on their own before mixing them with other flowers.

Daisies

These beauties are particularly thirsty flowers, so check their water level often to be sure that the vase is full and any foam materials are completely saturated.

Dendrobium Orchids

These exotic blooms follow the same general care tips as other flowers. Orchids are especially susceptible to premature withering due to exposure to ethylene gas. Keep them away from ripening fruit which is known to release this type of gas. These orchids do fine in room-temperature water, but also thrive in cooler temperatures.

Freesia

Follow the same general care and conditioning guidelines as you would with most flowers. Gently remove wilted blooms to keep the arrangement looking its best.

Gerbera

Gerbera stems are highly susceptible to bacteria blockage, causing their heads to droop; prevent this by changing the water often and replenishing their supply of floral food every 1-2 days. Since they are particularly sensitive to ethylene gas - keep the away from ripening fruit.

Hyacinth

When the stems of hyacinth are cut, they release sap that can shorten the life of other flowers. To prevent this, after cutting their stems, place them in a bucket of water for at least 12 hours on their own before mixing them with other flowers.

Hydrangea

Hydrangeas have woody stems that need to draw water for maximum vase life. If a blossom wilts prematurely, remove it from the design, re-cut the stem at a sharp angle and place in warm water for at least one hour. The flower should be revived and ready to take its place in the design. Hydrangeas can also be dried, by hanging them upside down in a warm spot. Although the color will fade slightly - the dried flowers can last between 9 months to a year.

Iris

Although vibrantly colored, irises have a short vase life - typically 3-5 days. Replace the water daily to prevent bacteria growth.

Lily

These popular blooms are known to bruise easily, so be sure to handle them with special care. Their blooms open in succession, and you can snip off spent flowers close to the main stem. Lily pollen can stain clothing and furniture, so carefully remove the anthers (the orange pollen-coated tips at the end of the stamens) with tissues before displaying your bouquet.

Lisianthus

When following general care guidelines, they can last 7-10 days. Many of the unopened buds which show color may open fully. Smaller buds may not open but simply support the larger blossoms and accent the foliage.

Peonies

Peonies often arrive in bud stage and open fully while in the design. The open blossoms can be fragile and shatter if mishandled so be gentle with them. Place them in a cool place. With proper care they should last about 7 days.

Roses

Follow the general care guidelines for your roses, being sure to remove any discolored petals on the flower's outer edge (called guard petals). If you notice a rose beginning to wilt, you may be able to revive it. Trim off about an inch from the bottom of the stem and then submerge the entire rose under water in a sink or bathtub. Allow the stem to absorb water for about 20-60 minutes before returning it to the vase.

Roses last longer in a cool area, but if you want their blooms to open quickly, temporarily place them in a warmer spot (Note: not hotter than 80 degrees Fahrenheit).

Sunflowers

Sunflowers tend to be a thirsty flower, so it is best to be vigilant of the water level in your vase to ensure a longer life for your bouquet. The average lifespan is 5-7 days.

Tulips

Be aware that these flowers can grow almost an inch daily even when cut and naturally bend towards the light. Your tulip bouquet may have a natural curve to the stems, leaning gracefully off the lip of the vase. When your tulips first arrive it's best to keep them in the protective wrap while hydrating for the first 4-5 hours to create a straighter stem. The average lifespan is 5 days.