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Flower Care Advise

For Maximum Vase Life

People often hesitate to buy fresh flowers, thinking they will not get them to last more than a couple of days. Some flower varieties are indeed shortlived, but most commercially grown flowers and foliages will last at least a week if cared for correctly. Commercially grown flowers receive specially tailored treatments after cutting, which means they will last longer than the same varieties cut from the garden. Conditioning is the term florists use which basically means getting the flowers ready for arranging. By following the simple flower care steps we have outlined you too will be able to obtain an extra few days of vase life and pleasure from all your flowers. The Flower Team here at recommend the following simple steps and tips, these are based years of experience as well as the latest extensive scientifically researched evidence, to ensure your flowers last longer in your home for maximum enjoyment and pleasure
  • Make sure vases are very clean
  • Use fresh lukewarm water with commercial cut flower food added.
  • Strip all leaves below the water level.
  • Take at least 3cm (1") off all stems, making a slanted cut with a sharp knife or very sharp scissors.
  • Avoid direct sunlight, heat, or draughts which can shorten flowers lives.
  • Keep flowers away from fruit and remove faded flowers as they occur.
  • Top up the water regularly and add flower food in proportion.

Sound Florist Advise

Use thoroughly clean vases before you use them. A stained or dirty vase will contain bacteria. The gases bacteria give off will dramatically shorten the life of your flowers. Taking off leaves that will be below the water level will help greatly in reducing bacteria build up too. Always make sure both water and vases are prestinely clean. Always use lukewarm water to fill your vase. There is less oxygen in warm water and that helps prevent air bubbles in the stems ofr your flowers that will block water uptake. You may have seen this affect in cut roses with drooping heads? It also encourages some flowers to open up. The only exception to the luke warm rule are spring bulbus flowers such as daffodils, tulips and the like. They prefer cold water. Cut stems at an angle and better with sharpe knife.This gives the stem a bigger area to take up more water, and stops it resting on the bottom of the vase and sealing itself. The action of closing scissors can crush stems and inhibit water uptake. Keeping your flowers cool, but not too cold. Keeping them out of direct sunlight will increase the time you have your flowers. A draught causes flowers to loose water through the leaves and blooms faster that the stem can take fresh water up. displaying your flowers in a daught can result in the blooms drooping and dying Did you know that fresh fruit as it ripens gives off a gas that is similar to the gas given off by dirty water. Keep your flowers away from bowls of fruit and they will last longer for you. Regularly top the vase up with extra water and change the water completely every few days. Add new cut flower food which can be purchased from florists, garden centres or by Post from us here at Blooms like Sunflowers and Roses like very deep water. Deep water has a higher pressure which helps to push the water up the stem of the very thirsty flower varieties. Following these simple care and conditioning techniques as explained will help you to prolong and maximise the vase life of your fresh flowers every time you are lucky enough to recieve a bouquet.

Trendy Arranging Tips

Have you been put off purchasing flowers, because you think you need lots of experience and skills to be able to arrange the properly? Well, here at we have some great florist tips and ideas for you, for creatively arranging and displaying your fresh flowers with style yet simple to do in a range of pots, jars, dishes and bowls. Even if you don't have a single flower vase in your home, you can enjoy fresh cut flowers anywhere and everywhere. Old Wine or beer, old stone pots from market stalls or car boot sales. Mineral water bottles can be found in very interesting shapes. Simplicity, reducing arranging to the basics.

Small is Beautiful

Our florists love to Choose flowers with large heads such as Gerbera, Lilies, Sunflowers or Anthiriums - add just one stem per bottle, simply line a few up on a mantelpiece, windowsill or low table for a trendy glamourous look. Jugs, teapots, tumblers and jam jars can be used for arranging and displaying cut flowers and foliages. When using small, shorter containers such as jugs, clay flower pots lined with plastic, mugs etc, flowers look much better, stylish with the stems cut short, so the flowerheads give a floating effect just above the rim of the container. For these, our Flower Team recommend you select flowers with full heads like small head Roses, cut Dahlias, short Carnations, Chrysanthemums or Daffodils in spring. Tightly mass in separate colours for a stylish look, fill out with garden foliage for a rustic look at harvest festival time. Glasses and jars can also be stand inside more attractive non waterproofed containers like terracotta to hold the water for the flowers to drink.

Go be Creative

Effect is everything and making do can be fun as well as a creative challenge using the  vases or containers you have. We all have the odd ugly vase in the back of the cupboard. perhaps it clashes with your favourite colours or its just a hidious shape. Have you ever considered glamming up by wrapping a headscarf or some fabric around it before you start arranging? Just place your vase in the middle, wrap your chosen fabric around, and with ribbon, raffia or even a rubber band around the neck of the vases. Next, carefully fill the vase with water with added flower food and arrange away. You could try and co-ordinate your cut flowers with the colour of the fabric for a destinct effect. Another trendy trick our florists love to do is add double-sided sellotape to the outside of your vase and stick large green leaves vertically around for spring or summer or fallen dried leaves for autumn displays, perhaps finish with some raffia. If you're really unsuccessful and you want a great idea to impress. then try out this little trend setter. Cut off individual flower heads ideally Gerbera or Sweet Pea Heads or even Rose petals. scatter them across a large low glass bowl of filled with tepid water so they float. add a few floating candles, sit back and wait for the compliments to flood in. Its stylish, so simple and great for parties, table centres or even as a gift. Happy flower arranging, And if you need more advise or tips or ideas with cut flowers visit us at