These few simple tasks will reward you with pretty flowers for longer!
1. Place flowers in a clean container.
A clean container that is sanitized and free of debris will keep the flowers from premature aging and the stems from getting clogged, which will result in better water intake.
2. Cut about 1/2 an inch off the stems before placing in water.
The stems of the flowers most likely dried out some during their journey to your home, exposing fresh tissue will help them be able to take up water better. Be sure to use clean and sharp scissor or pruners for a clean cut.
3. Don't be afraid to fill the container up with water!
The flowers get pretty thirsty; this is especially true for the first couple of days. Upon arrival, place flowers in a full vase of water. Be sure to check water level twice a day, especially the first two days. Our flowers are cut and sold very fresh, therefore still very much alive and thirsty!
4. Strip any foliage that will sit below the water line.
Foliage sitting in the water will rot and make the flowers in turn rot. Plus, it makes the water icky and stinky, keeping the water foliage-free will keep the water clear and fresher longer.
5. Don't place cut flowers in direct sunlight or heat.
The sunlight will signal the flowers to further mature resulting in less of a vase life.
6. Don't place flowers near ripening fruit or vegetables, such as bananas or apples.
The release of ethylene from the fruits/veggies can affect the flowers and cause them to wilt and wither away much faster.
7. Refresh water often!
Give them fresh water at least every 1-2 days.
8. Re-cut the stems when you change the water.
This goes back to exposing that fresh tissue for better water intake.
9. Use flower food and preservative.
We will provide flower food packets with the bouquets but the commercial flower food is not suited for all flowers. Some varieties we grow simply do not like the commercial flower food (we're looking at you zinnias and sunflowers!). We have found making our own solution with some common household ingredients easy and make for some happy flowers, even zinnias.
The flowers are lovingly grown for your enjoyment! Take in all their intoxicating scents and simply enjoy their beauty.
Warning: Our cut flowers are not for human or pet consumption. We grow many flowers that are toxic to humans and pets alike, therefore keep out of reach of young children and pets. After handling cut flowers, be sure to wash hands thoroughly. Do not touch your face/eyes or intake food or beverage before washing hands. If you have sensitive skin, we recommend wearing gloves when handling the flowers.
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