Educating our customers on proper care of fresh cut flowers is very important to us. Whether bring home loose fresh flowers to be arranged or receiving a flower arrangement from us, it all comes down to proper care. Our fresh cut arrangements leave the store with a floral care card to go over the basics of floral care. We also offer these care cards for our orchids, succulents and various other plants.
Step 1: Flowers drink a lot of water! We recommend refilling the water every two days, its not uncommon to even need water everyday, so be sure and check the water level every evening. Just like food, flowers are highly susceptible to bacteria that builds up in the water and flower stems. Changing the water completely every couple of days will prevent bacteria build up, reduce any odor omitting from the arrangement, and help with the longevity of the flowers.
Step 2: When changing the water, cutting the flowers stems should go hand in hand. We recommend a new cut just above the original cut with a serrated knife (please use caution!); make a long cut and work your way down to the top of the original cut. Avoid using scissors to cut your the flowers; as scissors crush the stem, thus smashing and damaging the tissue cells at the end of the stem. Damaged cells cannot absorb water as effectively as healthy cells. A knife ensures a clean cut that doesn't damage the cells.
Step 3: Keep the flowers away from heaters, air conditioners and direct sunlight. People equate plants and flowers in the same category and insist on giving the flowers light, most plants need sun to survive however this is not the case for fresh cut flowers. Sun and heat will encourage them to mature and thus quicken their demise. Instead, keep your cut flowers in a cool area of your home to enjoy them as long as possible!