Flower Care Guide

We’re delighted to share some top tips to ensure the flowers that we’ve had the pleasure of hand-making for you continue to bring you happiness.

Below you'll find comprehensive care guides for: Handtied Bouquets & Flower Arrangements

 

Handtied bouquet care instructions

These flowers are often delivered in a decorative hand-tied box or bag, but take a closer look and you’ll see they are delivered in a bubble of water. 

The flowers have been arranged by the florist in the hand and tied prior to the gift wrapping, so you don’t have to do too much work yourself. 

However, following the steps below will ensure you get extra vase life and maximum enjoyment from your flowers.

When the flowers arrive
(or when you get a chance but, within a couple of days!)

  • Remove packaging from around the flowers. Take care especially with the water inside the wrapping! Make sure you’re over a sink (or outside!).
  • Once you’ve removed the gift-wrapping you’ll see the flowers have been tied directly around their stems – do not cut this! They have been arranged by one of the professionals at Sandra’s Florist, by keeping them tied you can simply drop them into a vase and tell your family and friends you arranged them if you want, we won’t tell.
  • Select a vase suitable for the flowers, wash it thoroughly with hot soapy water, any dirt can create bacteria and contaminate the fresh water and have a detrimental effect on the flowers.
  • Fill your vase to 3/4 full with fresh cold tap water then add one of the sachets of flower food (following the directs on the back of the packet).
  • With sharp scissors, snips or a knife cut 1 – 2 cm from the ends of the stems at an angle. This helps them take up the water. 
  • Immediately place the flowers (still tied) into the vase. Remove any foliage which may fall into the water (as they cause bacteria to grow in the water which will be drunk by the flowers).
  • Display in a cool location away from draughts, direct sunlight and heat. Also try and keep them away from electrical appliances (so not right next to the TV). Keep them away from the fruit bowl too, ripening fruit emit ethylene gas which makes the flowers deteriorate faster than they should reducing their vase-life.
  • Keep a close eye on the water level. It’s amazing how thirsty some flowers can be, they may drink far more than you may imagine. Top the water up as necessary.

 

AFTER 2 - 3 DAYS

  • After a few days of the flowers being in the vase, change the water using the second sachet of cut flower food.
  • Remove any fading flowers or foliage from the bouquet, by snipping them out.
  • Re-cut the stems as you did before and place them back into the fresh water.
  • Place them back into the best spot and continue to enjoy them!
  • Continue to top up the water level with fresh water (ideally with flower food).

 

I DON'T HAVE A VASE! WHAT SHOULD I DO?

OK, so if you’ve received a hand-tied bouquet but you don’t have a vase at hand we’ll need to adjust the advice. So here goes:

  • If your flowers were delivered in a decorative hand-tied box or bag, take a closer look. Remove your flowers from the box/bag and check their water level. We need this to fill at least ¾ of the bubble.
  • Make up some cut flower water solutions using the packet of cut flower food that was delivered with your flowers and fresh cold (tap) water.
  • Check the water level at least once a day and refill it as necessary (next step).
  • Stood over a sink, slowly poor the water/flower food solution into the centre of the bouquet, avoiding any flower heads. The water will take time to trickle through the stems and into the water bubble at the base, so go carefully – you don’t want to overfill it and have a flood!
  • Display in a cool location away from draughts, direct sunlight and heat. Also try and keep them away from electrical appliances (so not right next to the TV). Keep them away from the fruit bowl too, ripening fruit emit ethylene gas which makes the flowers deteriorate faster than they should reducing their vase-life.
  • Remember to keep checking the water level, it’s easy to forget if you place them back in the box and can’t see it. You maybe shocked by how much they guzzle, perhaps far more than you may think!
  • Remove fading flower and foliage.
  • If you can locate a vase, following the steps above – they will benefit for this.

 

Flower arrangement care instructions

If you’ve received an arrangement of flowers, they will have been skilfully created by one of the professionals at Sandra’s Florist into floral foam.

Caring for these arrangements is easy, but there are some simple steps to follow to ensure you enjoy them for many days to come.

Ready? Here goes:

  • Firstly, we recommend placing the arrangement on something to protect furniture. A coaster(s) or mat is ideal for this.
  • Make up some cut flower water solutions using the packet of cut flower food that was delivered with your flower arrangement and fresh cold tap water. (Doing this in a jug where extra solution can remain is ideal).
  • Over a sink or on whilst they’re sat on the draining board top up your arrangement with water by slowly pooring the water/flower food solution into the arrangement taking care to avoid the flower heads. Take care not to overfill the container! Adding little and often is far better! The floral foam acts as a sponge and a small water reservoir in the container is perfect to ensure the oasis foam remains hydrated to enable water to be taken up by the flower stem.
  • Each morning as you have your cup of tea, give your flower arrangement a little top up too, so your both refreshed for the day!
  • As you notice any flowers (or petals) fading snip them away, or in the case of rose petal gently pull them from the flower head. This will allow space within the arrangement for other flowers to open.
  • Display in a cool location away from draughts, direct sunlight and heat. Also try and keep them away from electrical appliances (so not right next to the TV). Keep them away from the fruit bowl too, ripening fruit emit ethylene gas which makes the flowers deteriorate faster than they should reducing their vase-life.

 

Handle with care!

  • Firstly, we recommend placing the arrangement on something to protect furniture. A coaster(s) or mat is ideal for this.
  • Make up some cut flower water solutions using the packet of cut flower food that was delivered with your flower arrangement and fresh cold tap water. (Doing this in a jug where extra solution can remain is ideal).
  • Over a sink or on whilst they’re sat on the draining board top up your arrangement with water by slowly poor the water/flower food solution into the arrangement taking care to avoid the flower heads. Take care not to overfill the container! Adding little and often is far better! The floral foam acts as a sponge and a small water reservoir in the container is perfect to ensure the oasis foam remains hydrated to enable water to be taken up by the flower stem.
  • Each morning as you have your cup of tea, give your flower arrangement a little top up too, so your both refreshed for the day!
  • As you notice any flowers (or petals) fading snip them away, or in the case of rose petal gently pull them from the flower head. This will allow space within the arrangement for other flowers to open.
  • Display in a cool location away from draughts, direct sunlight and heat. Also try and keep them away from electrical appliances (so not right next to the TV). Keep them away from the fruit bowl too, ripening fruit emit ethylene gas which makes the flowers deteriorate faster than they should reducing their vase-life.
  • We recommend that all flowers, foliage and berries are kept out of the reach of all children and pets. Some flower and plant material can be harmful if consumed, our floral designs are only ever for display and should not be consumed.
  • Lily pollen can stain! Whilst we aim to remove lily pollen from all the lily flowers we can, you may wish to continue to remove them from your opening lily flowers. In the early stages of the flowers the anther (lily pollen parcels) are yet to unfurl and display the pollen, this is the best time to remove them as they are free from the pollen that may stain.
  • To remove pollen simply dab the mark with sticky tape until it’s removed. Alternatively, let the pollen dry then brush away. As you can image it’s an occupational hazard for the team of florists at Sandra’s Florist to get pollen on them, we never really have any issues with permanent staining. If you need to pick up the phone and we’ll be happy to offer advice!

 

Other flower care advice

  • Avoid exposing your flowers to extreme temperatures. They should never be left in a hot car for example, nor a garage when the temperate drops too low. As I’m sure you’d appreciate, cooking or freezing them isn’t good for flowers:
  • Flowers dehydrate when they are in drafts, the air flow can wilt the flowers very quickly.
  • Flower stems heal over when they are left out of water, the form a membrane that can stop the uptake of water. This is why it’s so important to re-cut flower stems before placing them into fresh clean cold water with cut flower food solution. Continuing to cut the flower stems every few days continues to help the uptake and freshness of the flowers.
  • Take care to handle flowers carefully, as a delicate fresh product they can mark and bruise easily.

If you have further queries we'll always be pleased to help - pick up the phone and chat to us directly. Call 02380 891085