Taking Care of Your Flowers

FLOWER CARE – for Gift Bunch

When you get your Sweet Peas, you’ll need to unpack them as soon as possible. They’ll need a good drink first, so fill a tall vase or a small bucket with enough clean water so that when the flowers are put in this water and the stems are touching the bottom the lowest flowers on the stems are only just above the water level. Then put them in a cool place and leave for a few hours until they have taken up some water and the tops of the stems feel quite firm and the petals feel slightly ‘crisp’ again. Then they are ready to be arranged in a vase as required. There is no need for deep water in your arranging vase if they have had their first drink in deep water.

If they go into deep water first, it’s also not usually necessary to recut the bottoms of the stems unless you have a problem getting the flowers to take up water. And if you are not familiar with Sweet Peas, its good to remember that the tops of the flower stems will naturally be curled over if there are still immature flowers at the top of the stem – it doesn’t mean the flowers are wilting.

If you’re not ready to use your flowers straight away (for example, wedding flowers held awaiting preparation), you can put them in a vase or bucket, take out a couple of shelves in a large domestic fridge and store them in there. This will be fine – put the fridge on a mild/medium setting and it will keep the flowers at 3 – 4 deg.C. But in a ‘larder’ type fridge (a fridge without an ice box) keep them away from the back wall of the fridge as they may be frosted there!

 

FLOWER CARE – for Select and Mixed boxes

Open the box and lift out the inner carton. If you’re not ready to use or display your flowers straight away (for example, wedding flowers held awaiting preparation), it is best to leave them in the box in a cool place until use. Put fresh water in the little plastic pots and then return the flowers to the cups in the box. Top up the water from a small jug if necessary.

(If  the flowers appear to be wilting – DON’T PANIC – just recut the stems and stand them in deep water in a cool place for a few hours and they will usually recover completely)

If you are not familiar with Sweet Peas, its good to remember that the tops of the flower stems will naturally be curled over if there are still immature flowers at the top of the stem – it doesn’t mean the flowers are wilting.

    If the weather is very hot and you are not ready to use your flowers, you can put the flowers in a vase or bucket, take out a couple of shelves in a large domestic fridge and store them in there. This will be fine – put the fridge on a mild/medium setting and it will keep the flowers at  3 – 4 deg.C. But in a ‘larder’ type fridge (a fridge without an ice box) keep them away from the back wall of the fridge as they may be frosted there!