Unpack & Process
With our how-to guide on preparing your flowers for their new vase life, you'll be ready to go when your fresh blooms arrive! Remember, if you're stuck in traffic, need to start dinner preparations, or have a coffee emergency, your florist will have prepared and packed your flowers to last the trip! So unwind a little before we get started!
Prepare Your Work Station:
Place the flowers on a clean, flat surface, such as a kitchen bench or dining table. Find a clean vase filled with room temperature water and a pair of scissors or pruning shears. Toss in some flower food into the water.
Unpack Your Flowers:
Skip the next section and start processing your flowers if you want to keep the wrap!
Remove the flowers' ribbons and wraps and place them in the bin. After removing the wrap, carefully unwrap or cut the band around your flowers - your blooms are now free and ready to be processed!
Process Your Flowers:
We admire the beauty of flowers in their natural state, including all of their leaves, but we want our flowers to be fresh and fragrant! Leaves that sit in water are more likely to become infected by bacteria, resulting in a stinky mess. Remove the lower leaves on each stem if the florist hasn't already removed any stems that will be below the waterline. Remove any guard petals or stamens from the lily.
Get Them Ready For Action:
Using scissors or pruning shears, cut 1cm off the stems of your flowers at a 45-degree angle. More surface area for the flowers to drink water means a sharper angle! After you've cut the flowers, arrange them in your vase and you're ready to go!
Re-cut the stems every two days and replace the water.