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A GUIDE TO CUT FLOWER CARE AND HANDLING

 

Plan ahead:

  1. Location: do not process flowers close to air vents, next to fruit (ethylene) or in freezing temperatures. (Storing your flowers in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process)
  2. Clean the cooler
  3. Clean and disinfect containers (use bleach and a scrub brush)
  4. Fill containers with clean water and preservative
  5. Use proper water temperature (if water is too warm (above 110 Fahrenheit) during conditioning, roses may open prematurely)
  6. Clean and sharpen tools (do not use scissors, they tend to mash the stems)

Upon arrival:

  1. Cut - don't pull! - sleeves and bands from flowers. Pulling may damage them.
  2. Do not unpack more flowers than you can process within 30 minutes. Flowers should not be left on tables or in boxes at room temperature.
  3. Place unopened boxes in a floral cooler. Prevent bottom of box from getting wet by placing boxes on pallet.

Processing:

  1. Remove flowers from box by cutting any straps. Do not remove the rubber bands holding the flowers together in a bunch.
  2. Fill containers with at least 4 inches of fresh, cool water.
  3. Mix floral food in the water to prevent bacteria and give added nutrients to the flowers. If you do not have flower food, it can be purchased at any local florist.
  4. Remove any leaves that fall below the water line. Wet leaves will mold or rot and cause bacteria to form and shorten the flower’s vase life.
  5. Using sharp scissors or a knife, cut stems diagonally under running water approximately an inch from each stem's bottom edge. This will create a fresh surface to absorb water.
  6. Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared water.
  7. Allow flowers at least 4 hours to hydrate well. Most flowers will take up to 8 to 12 hours to properly hydrate.
  8. Keep flowers in a cool, dark location away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat. Flowers should be kept at a temperature between 35-75 degrees Fahrenheit.
  9. Change water every 24 hours and re-cut stems every 24 to 48 hours to keep flowers fresh. Assure that your flowers have sufficient water. The flowers will drink an exceptionally large amount of water upon arrival.

 

Flowers that Need Special Care

Some flowers require special attention! Please read the following if you have ordered any flowers with special needs.


Roses:
If after following the directions a rose still appears wilted, there is probably air trapped in the stem. Submerge it in water and re-cut. Leave it submerged for up to 60 minutes. Our growers often leave the outer unsightly petals on our roses to protect the inner part of the flower. Just remove these petals to bring the roses to peak appearance. As the flowers age, you may continue to remove the outer petals to extend their life.


Gerber Daisies:
It is critical that Gerber Daisy stems be cut with a clean, sharp utensil on an angle, several [at least 6] inches from the bottom of the stem. If this process is not followed, they will not re-hydrate!


Lilies: 
To enhance the life of your lilies, carefully remove the pollen stamens when the petals open. The pollen will stain fabrics!


Dendrobium Orchids: 
If they appear wilted upon arrival, submerge the entire spray in cool tap water for 10-15 minutes.


Hydrangea: 
Cut Hydrangea stems between the stem nodes at an angle with floral shears. Cut an additional 1" slice up through the bottom of each stem. (The bottom inch of each stem will then be cut in half). Immediately place in a vase of warm water. If Hydrangea are wilted after several hours or days, they may be unable to take up water. Re-cut stems and place stems in hot water for 30 seconds. Immediately place them into room temperature water. The process to revive them may take several hours.


Rose Petals:

  • Upon arrival, please open the box and inspect the rose petals.
  • If you are going to be using the rose petals in the next 48 to 72 hours, put the rose petals back in the box and store them in a cool dry place. There is no need to store them in the refrigerator, but if you choose to do so, please remove all fruits and vegetables first, as they emit gases that may damage the flowers. However, our rose petals will last over 72 hours without refrigeration when kept in a cool, dark location away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat.
  • Open each bag and arrange as desired.


Amaranthus: In addition to the care instructions above, please note that:

It is completely normal if your Amaranthus sheds. Simply follow the care instructions as outlined above.


Alstroemeria:

Alstroemeria flowers are shipped directly from our Ecuadorian or Colombian Farms with no water tubes. Before shipping your flowers, we prepare them for their journey with proper hydration methods. If your flowers appear sleepy and thirsty after their journey it is absolutely NORMAL. Just follow these simple steps (included on the flower care instruction card with your shipment) and your flowers will bloom delightfully.

  • Remove flowers from box by cutting any straps and also remove all paper and plastic packaging.
  • Fill your vase with fresh, cool water to the desired level and add flower food according to the package.
  • Remove any foliage that would fall below the water line.
  • Cut stems diagonally approximately one inch from bottom under running water with sharp scissors or knife.
  • Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared vase and arrange accordingly.
  • Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat. Every 2 to 3 days, be sure to re-cut the stems repeating the steps above to maximize the life and beauty of your flowers.


Birds of Paradise: In addition to the care instructions above, please note that:

  • If the petals are not showing or if the showing petals begin to brown, you will need to assist the remaining petals emerge from the spathe. Simply use your thumbnail or tweezers to gently enter the spathe and pull the petals outward.


Carnations :
Bulk carnations are shipped directly from our Ecuadorian or Colombian Farms with no water tubes. Before shipping your flowers, we prepared them for their journey with proper hydration methods. If your flowers appear sleepy and thirsty after their journey it is absolutely NORMAL. Just follow these simple steps (included on the flower care instruction card with your shipment) and your carnations will bloom delightfully.

  • Remove flowers from box by cutting any straps and also remove all paper and plastic packaging
  • Fill your container with fresh, cool water to the desired level and add flower food according to the package.
  • Cut stems diagonally approximately one inch from bottom under running water with sharp scissors or knife.
  • Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared container.
  • Allow your flowers 1 day to properly hydrate before arranging.
  • Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat. Every 2 to 3 days, be sure to re-cut the stems repeating the steps above to maximize the life and beauty of your flowers