Most floral arrangements last from 4 to 7 days; depending on the types of flowers used and the type of care they receive.
Here are some specific tips to keep your flowers looking beautiful:
- Do not overcrowd the flowers in the container.
- Check the water level in the vase and replenish it frequently.
- Flowers that go limp are not drinking well and need to be re-cut.
- Always discard wilted blooms and adjust remaining flowers to fill voids.
- Keep flowers in a cool spot (60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit), away from drafts, direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, areas directly under ceiling fans, and ripening fruits.
- For boxed flowers or loosely wrapped bunches, please make sure the stems are re-cut before you place them in a clean vase of water.
- If your flowers come in wet oasis foam, keep the floral foam soaked with water by adding a small amount of water every day or so, being aware where the lip of the container is to avoid spillage.
Flowers are perishable. Credits will only be given if we receive your notice of problem within 24 hours from delivery; no adjustments will be made after 24 hours from delivery date.
Cutting Tools and Techniques
Always use a clean sharp utensil when cutting flowers. Knives, clippers, or shears can be employed. Never use ordinary household scissors. The gauge on scissors is set for paper or fabric, not for flower stems, which are bulkier. Using scissors will crush their vascular system and prevent proper water uptake. When using woody stems and branches, such as cherry blossoms, quince or lilac, cut the stem with sharp pruning shears.
Cut all flowers and foliage about one inch from the bottom of the main stem. Remove all the lower foliage that will be below the waterline. Leaves in the water will promote bacterial growth causing the flowers to wilt quickly.
Professional florists use lukewarm water for their cut flowers. An exception is when you are using bulb flowers, such as hyacinths and tulips which need cold water. Warm water molecules move faster than cold water molecules and so can be absorbed by the flowers with greater ease. The objective is to get water and nutrients as quickly as possible to the head of the flower.