Flowers are a beautiful and timeless gift, and receiving them can be an exciting experience. However, when they arrive at your doorstep, it can be a bit intimidating to know how to properly unbox and care for them. Here is our step-by-step guide to help you unbox your flowers and make sure they stay fresh and beautiful for as long as possible.
Step 1: Gather Materials
Before you begin, gather the following materials:
- Scissors or a knife
- Flower food (if included)
- Your chosen vase or container
Step 2: Remove the Outer Packaging
Carefully open the box by using scissors, taking care not to cut too deep into the box or damage the flowers. The flowers will be wrapped in cardboard, paper, or plastic. Gently remove it.
FYI: Your flowers will arrive to you directly from the farm in bud form in order to protect their delicate petals during shipping.
Step 3: Trim the stems & remove leaves
Once you’ve taken the flowers out, start trimming your flowers stems. Using a floral scissor or knife, trim about 1 inch off the bottom of each stem at a 45 degree angle (diagonal). You may be wondering why we recommend trimming them diagonally, it’s because this will help the flowers absorb more water and stat fresh longer.
Step 4: Remove leaves below waterline
Make sure to remove any leaves that will be submerged in the water, as they can promote bacteria growth.
Step 5: Add Flower Food and H20
Fill your chosen vase or container with water and make sure to add flower food. If included with your flowers, add it right away. If it does not include in your flowers we strongly recommend purchasing it. We have many options you can find in our Floral Supplies collection here.
Step 6: Hydrate for some time
Our flowers need some time to rehydrate, so do not be alarmed if your flowers appear wilted when they arrive. The flowers will dramatically perk after some hours or better overnight.
Step 7: Arrange the flowers
After they have hydrated, start arranging your blooms as desired. Place them is a cool location, cool doesn’t necessarily mean cold. It means away from direct sunlight or heat sources.
Pro tip: Avoid placing them near fruits because produce a gas called ethylene that can cause flowers to wilt faster.
After a few days:
Change the water every 2-3 days and trim the stems again to keep them fresh. Also remove any dying/ wilted bloom, or leave that have may fallen down in the water.
By following these steps, your flowers will stay fresh and beautiful for as long as possible.
We have care and handling guides for each flower in our website. Make sure to check them out here.
Enjoy your floral arranging!
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