The most often asked question of a florist seems to be, "How do we take care of our flowers after we get them?" This article will provide proper care &
handling of fresh flowers in three general categories.
- The care of fresh
flowers arranged in floral foam.
- The care of fresh cut flowers arranged
in a vase of water.
- The care of fresh cut flowers received loose in a box or cello wrap.
#1. Floral foam revolutionized the floral industry by providing a secure foundation in which to arrange fresh flowers. Floral foam acts like a sponge,absorbs water and provided the fresh cut blooms with necessary moisture & water. Not all blossoms last as well in foam, compared to fresh water, but
in general, with proper care, your arrangement in foam will last quite well.
When you receive a basket or container arrangement that uses floral foam,
check the water level in the container. (If a basket or porous container is
used, it may be decorative & not water tight, so check to see if another
"inner" container or liner is used) It is the water in the container that is
necessary for longevity of the blooms in the arrangement so please add water
every day to extend the life of your arrangement.
I suggest you take your
arrangement to the sink and carefully pull back any greenery & blossoms
around the base of the arrangement and fill the container with warm water.
Using floral preservative in the water you add to the arrangement helps but is
not always necessary, for the foam & water has already been conditioned at
the shop, prior to delivery.
#2. Flowers arranged in fresh water is the best option to the consumer to provide maximum longevity. Vase arrangements have become popular again since
natural and casual garden styles are the choice of many consumers.
receive a vase arrangement, check the level of the water in the vase
immediately and fill to near the top of the vessel so all stems and foliage
are submerged. Check this level each day and add water with fresh flower
preservative as needed. Remove any flowers as they fade and if time allows,
remove all flowers after a few days & completely change the water & recut the
stems and replace in vase with fresh warm water.
#3. When you receive a bouquet of fresh cut flowers, not arranged in any
container it is ESSENTIAL that proper handling is followed.
If blooms arrive
in small tubes of water, remove the tubes!!! Select the vase in which you
will arrange the flowers. Fill the vessel with WARM water. Stir in fresh cut
flower food and recut each stem with a knife or sharp scissors and arrange in
Continue to add water each day as needed & after 3-4 days, remove
blooms from vase, clean vase with soap & water, rinse well & and rearrange
as before with fresh water and a fresh cut to each stem!
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