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Caring for your fresh flowers...
When your fresh flowers arrives, some of the flowers may be a little tired from the journey. This is very normal, just follow these care instructions and your flowers will perk up soon. For a faster recovery, cut stems, add flower food and stand in deep water for a few hours prior to adding them in a vase.
Always use a clean vase together with fresh lukewarm water. Avoid metal containers as some may neutralise the effects of flower food.
Add all of the flower food provided, following the guidelines on the sachet.
Carefully remove the packaging from the base of the flowers.
Strip off all leaves that fall below the water line, as these will decompose and contaminate the water.
Cut 2 - 3cm off all stems using a clean sharp knife or scissors. Cut at a sharp angle so the stem can absorb water more effectively and place immediately in water. Avoid cutting through nodes on the flower stems.
Display the flowers in a cool, light location away from draughts, direct sunlight, radiators and fresh fruit.
Remember to top up the vase water daily and remove faded flowers as they occur.
To refresh your flowers re-cut the stems every 2 – 3 days, and replace in fresh lukewarm water.
Keep cool whenever possible.
Split bunches and strip leaves from the lower half of each stem.
Wash any mud and dirt from each stem and be careful not to bash or split the stems.
Trim at least 2cm off each stem and place in cold water immediately as otherwise the stems quickly seal themselves.
Tulips do not need preservative, and a good tip is to add a teaspoon of bleach per half filled bucket instead.
Don’t display tulips with fresh daffodils – if you want to mix them in an arrangement follow our daffodil care tips.
Replace the vase water every day.
Tulip stems continue to grow in water and curve towards the light. They grow about an inch daily and this can result in twisted stems. To straighten, wrap the bunches in clean paper (not newspaper) and place in deep cold water for several hours.
Keep lilies cool at all times.
Strip leaves from the lower half of each stem.
Use preservative as this will help the buds open and maintain fragrance.
Replace their water everyday.
Oriental and Asiatic lilies are very sensitive to ethylene gas, so keep away from fruit, vegetables, car exhausts and cigarette smoke.
Once the buds have opened remove the pollen stamens by pinching them together and pulling them out of the flower. This prolongs the life of the flower by tricking it into staying in bloom in the hope of getting fertilized.
If lilies stain use sellotape to remove the stain. Do not use water as this will only fix the stain and make it nearly impossible to remove.
Beware that lilies can be highly poisonous to cats, therefore owners should keep their pets away from them.
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