Flower Care

In order to achieve a maximum possible lifespan, farms dispatch their products dry, in the so called "suspended animation state". Upon arrival the flowers will be in an early blooming stage and with proper care could last for more than 2 weeks . A notable appearance difference will be at hand after just a few hours in water, when compared to the unpacking stage. Please follow closely following tips to make the most out of your purchase:

  • Start by unpacking with care.
  • Only make use of clean vases and containers.
  • Flower food is not a must and sometimes it is better to use a generic brand spring water instead. Spring water is superior to tap water in quality and purity. Of course the flower food can be an addition to the treatment, but one has to follow strictly the directions on the packing. Excessive use of flower food is harmful for the plant.
  • Remains of foliage and leaves on the submerged portion of the stem cause bacterias to develop and soon after to clog the hydration ducts of the flower. Remove therefore everything up to water level.
  • A greater water uptake is achieved by cutting about 1 inch at an angle off the stem base.
  • Next on, flowers are promptly placed in water. Depending on the time of the year and the distance from Miami, it can take up to 12, or more hours for the flowers to properly hydrate.
  • The product should be kept away from heat, out of direct sunlight; ideally in a cool, well ventilated spot. The main recommendation is to store the flowers at temperatures below 65 degrees until the actual design work begins. As a general rule of thumb: the cooler the temperature, the slower the flower opens and the longer it lasts.
  • Flowers become quickly dehydrated if placed near cooling/heating vents, under ceiling fans and on the top of televisions, or radiators. Also to avoid is positioning close to fruits or vegetables. Refrigerators and walk-in coolers in general, not literally designed for the storage of fresh cut flowers, can cause damages.
  • A water change is necessary if its color has shifted and is a recommended practice every 2 to 3 days. While at changing water, clean the vase with soap and re-cut the stems.

Special Care Tips.

Rose packing is standardized by farms in bunches of 25 stems and in the case of garden roses in bunches of 10, 12, or 20 stems. Most are packed in a two-level system. When you take the bunch from the box you will only see the upper 6, 12 or 13 roses - the other 6, 12 or 13 roses are packed directly underneath them.
Leave the roses packed in bunches and trim about 1 inch off of the bottom of the stems and put them in water. We highly recommend leaving the plastic wrap in place for about 6 to 12 hours while the stems re-hydrate.
While arranging, trim again a little and carefully remove any loose or discolored outer petals. As the roses open, look for opportunities to refresh the appearance of selected heads by carefully removing additional unsightly petals.
As a rule, try to store in a cool environment. When working with fresh cut flowers, and especially roses, it is important to remember that the cooler the temperature, the slower the flowers will open and the longer they will last. We highly recommend to store this product at temperatures below 65 degrees. However, do not expose fresh cut flowers to freezing temperatures.
Re-cut the stems and change water every 2 to 3 days or as needed.

Calla Lilies & Mini Calla Lilies
It is important for you to understand that calla lilies behave in a different way compared to other varieties.
Usually we ship the calla lilies with a plastic sleeve around the flower heads. Carefully remove the plastic sleeves upon arrival.
This is common for all the calla lilies in the bunch to bend in one single direction. Keep them in their original grouping of 10 stem and arrange the blooms to bend out in different directions. Secure each bunch with rubber bands placed at the bottom, in the middle and near the top of the stem. This simple procedure will ensure for your calla lilies to stand tall and strong when put out for a display.
Take a bunch, trim the stems about 1 inch up from the bottom with a sharp knife, at an angle and place them in water.
Please know that from time to time the small tips (the curly-Q's) of the calla lilies will turn brown. This browning of the tip is a normal occurrence and in no way compromises the quality or integrity of the flower. These little tips are the first part of the lily to emerge from the ground and have to endure a lot, while the flower grows and matures. To improve the presentation if this condition exists, simply trim the tip (curly-Q) at an angle right below where it begins to turn brown.
Re-cut the stems and change the water every 2 to 3 days or as needed.

Hydrangeas are very water-sensitive flowers. When you receive a box with Hydrangeas you will find a little water packet on the bottom of each stem.
Carefully remove the little water packet and cut about 1/2 inch up from the bottom of the stem under water (either submerged or in running water). Promptly place the flower in clean water.
It is essential to keep that particular flower type in water. If you remove the Hydrangea from water it will quickly show fatigue.
Re-cut the stems and change water every 2 to 3 days or as needed.
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