How to care for your flowers
We’re sure you’re thrilled with your stunning gift and would love to love them for longer so here are our best care tips.
Cut flowers for a vase
If you’ve received a beautiful bouquet, please ensure that the vase you plan on using is squeaky clean. Bleaching out a vase ensures any bacteria is well and truly gone. Your flowers have been water packed with gel crystals to ensure they’ve been well hydrated on their journey. Make sure to recut the stems of the flowers on a 45 degree angle when they arrive. This ensures that they don’t sit flat on the bottom of the vase and it gives maximum surface area for the bloom to drink in. Changing the vase water daily and ensure no foliage is below the water line, trimming the stems every few days too.
These flowers have been artfully arranged in floral foam inside the container it has arrived in. This means that there is nothing more for you to do than top up the water into the vessel every day. The amount of water is dependent on the size of the arrangement so just feeling for moisture inside is the best. It would be better to top up more generously than not.
Top tips to remember for all flowers-keep your precious blooms away from direct sunlight, heaters and air conditioning vents. Some fruits emit ethylene gas which our flower friends are not fond of, so away from the fruit bowl is best.-removing spent blooms will prevent the others from spoiling more quickly and encourage other blooms on the stem to open.- always ensure that no foliage goes below the water line.
Special blooms require special care…
ROSES will be delivered with their guard petals intact to ensure a safe arrival. Pluck these back where necessary and when they become discoloured. Ensure no foliage is below the water line and the water is tepid and clean. Recut the stems (ideally under water) on a 45 degree angle using very sharp scissors so as not to bruise the stems. Change your water daily.
TULIPS continue to grow even after being cut. When they grow too long they will appear to droop so cutting them regularly is key. If they do droop, recut the stems and wrap them tightly in paper for 24 hours.
SUNFLOWERS are a thirsty one – make sure to recut the stems on a 45 degree angle while submerged in water. Remove and place in a vase with clean fresh tepid water. Ensure the vase water is changed daily and the stems recut every second day.
HYDRANGEA do best when they’ve been recut on a 45 degree angle before being submerged into hot water for 30 seconds then returned to room temperature water. They’re a very thirsty flower, so to increase water uptake you can cut the stem vertically as well. When the blooms eventually start to wilt, you might like to take them out and dunk the entire head into a bucket of tepid water for 45 minutes to an hour.
PEONIES are a firm favourite so let’s ensure you get the most life out of these stunners. You must recut the stems on a 45 degree angle and straight into room temperature water. Please ensure they’re not left in direct sunlight or in the line of air conditioners or heaters. They’re a delicate bloom and need to be treated as such.
Special blooms require special care…
Here is a list of our most popular plants and how to care for them.
PHALAENOPSIS ORCHIDS: Find your phaly a good home that is not in direct sunlight. Filtered light is always best. Don’t over love it by giving it too much water – this is the most common mistake. You should be watering your orchids every 7-10 days depending on the season (perhaps a little more often in Summer). The roots will rot if they’re kept constantly moist. Orchids are a tropical flower so they do not enjoy dry air. Humidity is key here, so make sure they’re not in direct line with an air conditioner.
SUCCULENT CARE: Most succulent plants are native to desert regions so they love sunlight. Make sure you rotate them so that all of these babies get a turn. Water more in Summer than Winter directly onto the soil but do not over water as this is the quickest way to love them to death! Let the soil become dry before topping them up. Give your succulent’s leaves a little clean every once in a while. Dust and general grim does inhibit their growth.
KOKEDAMA CARE: Kokedama plants require just a regular soaking when they become quite light to hold. This means they’re dry and ready for a drink. You don’t want to keep the roots wet all the time as this will encourage root rot. Fill a bucket of water and drop your kokedama in. Let it submerge by itself. Once the air bubbles stop, that means your kokedama is nicely hydrated and can be taken out. You’ll notice the need to water them more in the warmer months than in Winter.