|Flowers do not last well by accident. They last well because they have been
treated professionally from harvest right through to the final consumer.
By buying from growers who treat their flowers correctly, and supplying our
customers with flower food and care instructions, we are forming a 'chain of
life' for our flowers.
In addition, it is the responsibility of a Wholesaler or Retailer to ensure
that flowers are purchased at the right stage and in the right condition. Each
flower must be treated in a way that is best for it.
Tips for Longer Flower Fun :
Fill a clean vase with clean water.
Add the correct amount of Cut Flower Food.
Cut the stems at an angle never crush or break them.
Remove all leaves that come in contact with the water.
Do not add anything but Cut Flower Food to the water.
Always top up the water never renew it - unless you have more flower food and intend cutting the stems again.
Do not place flowers in direct sunlight or draughts.
Have lots of Fun with your Flowers!
Flowers In General :
Points to remember when harvesting flowers from the garden : cut flowers in
the morning or early evening when the plant's moisture and nutrient content are
highest. Choosing flowers that are almost mature will ensure a longer cut life.
Varieties with bloom clusters are best cut when about half the buds have opened.
Immerse the stems immediately in a deep container of very warm water. Flowers
that grow from bulbs are an exception they prefer cool water. Stems of
flowers such as poppies that exude a milky sap should be dipped in boiling water
before immersing in water. Cut stems diagonally to prevent them from resting
flat on the bottom of the container.
After harvesting, the flowers should be taken to a cool, dim room to complete
what professionals refer to as 'conditioning'. This allows the stems and petals
time to recover and to take up as much water as possible before being placed
in an arrangement.
You should :
Always handle the material as little as possible. Prepare sufficient pails
of water to hold the flowers loosely. Hot water should be used for flowers with
hard stems such as roses. Add floral preservative as directed on the package.
Remove any foliage that will be under water in the arrangement. Re-cut the stems
under water about 3cm above the original cut. In addition, slit hard stems a
further 3cm. Fill hollow stems with water and plug with cotton. Burn the end
of stems that exude milky sap in a flame until blackened. Dip the end of woody
stems in boiling water. Leave the pails of flowers to rest for a minimum of 6
hours and a maximum of 1 day.
Flowers from a florist should already be conditioned. However, if time
permits, recondition by re-cutting under water.
Foliage material is improved by immersing completely in water for 3 hours
before being placed upright to condition.
During the conditioning period, check for drooping flower heads and foliage,
an indication that the stems are not taking up moisture. Remove them from the
pail, hold the end of the stem in boiling water for 10 seconds, then return to
the pail to continue conditioning.
After flowers have been conditioned, simply cut again one cm from the end of the
stem before placing them in your arrangement.