Flower Care Guide – Therese’s Florist Newry
As we know, a flower is a living entity. Sometimes referred to as a bloom, it is the reproductive structure that is found in plants that are known to flower (flowering plants). Therefore, as a living organism, a flower requires some tender love and care, (let’s call them hygiene practices) to improve how long they last.
It’s important to note that different species and varieties of a flower will have varying or individual requirements specific to it. The following guidelines are a general best practice that we, as one of the leading Florists in Newry, are happy to recommend.
Flowers delivered in a hand-tied bouquet
- There is no need to untie the bouquet. All you do is add water as required. Use the bottom of the ribbon bow as a water level indicator. As with any hand-tied bouquet, there is a risk of water leakage. So we advise you to place something underneath the flowers to prevent damage on furniture or fittings. A table mat or similar is ideal.
- Keep the flowers away from direct sunshine and any other heat sources in your home e.g. cooking appliances or electrical appliances that generate heat.
- Once you’ve had the flowers for 2-3 days, you should follow the same guidelines as described Gift Wrapped section below.
Flowers delivered gift-wrapped
- Take your flowers to the sink and remove the packaging. Now you can trim the stems.
- Have your vase ready but first ensure that it is well cleaned, this will help avoid spreading any bacteria to your flowers.
- Now you can cut about 1 cm from the ends of the stems. Cut the stems at an angle to help each stem absorb water.
- The vase should be filled 3/4 full with fresh water. If you have tulips, fill the vase 1/4 full.
- Flower food can prolong the life of your flowers (except with tulips). The sachet of flower food will have exact guidelines on it.
- Any leaves or other foliage that may have fallen into the water should be removed. Leaving them there can increase the risk of bacteria growth in the water.
- Place the vase of flowers in a location that is not overly hot or in direct sunlight or heat from home appliances.
- After a few days, you can refresh the flowers by re-cutting the stems, remove any wilted flowers/foliage and replacing the water with fresh water.
Flowers delivered arranged in a container
- Where your flowers arrive in a container, you simply need to take them to the sink and add water.
- As mentioned, a table mat or some form of coaster is a good idea to avoid any spills or leakage.
- Repeat the watering process every few days.
- As the flower buds deteriorate or wilt, cut them off to allow other buds to open.
General flower care
- Be careful with Lily pollen as it can stain clothing or furniture.
- If this happens, use sticky/cello tape onto the stain and peel off. Rubbing the stain will make it worse.
- Flowers are for display only. Keep them out of reach from children and pets.
- It is best not to place your flowers on an unprotected surface, as above, use a table mat or coaster.
Need Further Help?
Furthermore, feel free to get in touch with us if you have any queries. We are a long-established, experienced and trusted Newry Florist. Therefore, we are always happy to share our experience and advice to ensure you get the most out of your flowers. In addition, we have added some FAQs about flower care here.