Flower care guide

Follow these tips from florists to take care of your flowers and help your bouquet stay fresh and beautiful for longer!

Clean the vase, fill it with fresh water and add flower food. Cut the stems and remove any leaves below the water line.
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Add fresh water, cut the stems and clean the vase when needed.

What do I need to do after removing the wrapping paper?

Clean the vase, fill it with fresh water and add flower food.

Clean the vase thoroughly with soap and water. Fill the vase with fresh water and remember to leave some room for the flowers. Add in a packet of flower food, this will help the flowers last longer and give them the necessary nutrients. Using flower food will ensure your water is at its optimal pH level and any unnecessary bacteria in the water are killed.

Tulips, daffodils and other bulb flowers like cool water. Tulips can also be placed in cold water. Use lukewarm or slightly warm water with most other flowers like roses, carnations, gerberas, lilies, chrysanthemums, freesias, flamingo flowers, orchids and amaryllises.

Cut flowers stems.

Cut the bottoms of the stems by at least 1–2 cm before placing the flowers in the vase. Make a diagonal cut if the flowers have woody or strong stems, allowing them to absorb more water. Use a sharp and clean knife. Scissors or blunt blades can damage the stems and reduce the water absorption surface.

You can make an even longer diagonal cut of 4–5 cm to roses, chrysanthemums and carnations, as they absorb a lot of water.

Soft stem flowers like tulips should be cross-cut, as they absorb water very quickly, and too much water could cause drooping.

Put the flowers in the vase and remove any leaves below the waterline.

Fill the vase with fresh water up to about 2/3 of its height. You don’t need to remove the ribbon, cord or wire that holds the bouquet together. For soft stemmed flowers, fill the vase up to about 1/3 of its height, as stems of flowers like calla lilies or amaryllises may start to rot easily. Remove any leaves and blooms below the waterline. There is no need to remove rose thorns.

Take care of your flowers daily.

The more flowers in the bouquet, the quicker they absorb water. Check the water level in the vase daily and add fresh water when needed. It is recommended to clean the vase every few days. It is also good to cut the flower stems daily or at least every few days. Remove any wilted blossoms or stems.

When roses start drooping, cut their stems and place them briefly in hot water. This technique also helps with drooping gerberas and other flowers that love warm climate. You can also spray the flowers with water and place them in a cool spot for a few hours.

Choose where to display your flowers.

  • Keep the vase away from cold drafts. Do not display the flowers under direct sunlight or near heat sources such as radiators.
  • Keep the fruit bowl away from flowers as well. Some fruits like bananas emit ethylene gas, which causes flowers to deteriorate quickly.
  • Keep your vase or flowerpot well out of the reach of children and pets.

Most flowers can be toxic to people and pets when consumed. Azalea, flamingo flower, lily, poinsettia, amaryllis (bulb), chrysanthemum, hydrangea, cyclamen (bulb), hyacinth, narcissus and iris are very poisonous. Carnations, begonias and buttercups can be toxic to pets. Flowers are often sprayed with different plant protection products, traces of which can be found on blossoms and leaves.