Tips for keeping your flowers in a perfect shape!

Tips & Flower care!

We take very good care of the flowers we send to our customers. Your flowers are being packed in a special designed box in Holland and they're being transported to your address by UPS within 2 days. Nevertheless, it is vital that you take care of the flowers in the best possible way when you receive them. You want to have the flowers at the best possible shape when the wedding is on!

Underneath, we've posted a few tips on how to best take care of your flowers. If you want more advice on the handling and care of wedding flowers you can contact our support team.

» Taking care of the flowers after receiving them
» Keeping the flowers in the best shape

Taking care of the flowers after receiving them

Directly water the flowers & give them nutrition
After receiving the flowers you should take really good care of them. Even though we've taken very good care of the flowers before and during shipment, you should be aware of the amount of time the flowers have been stored in the specially designed box.

After their journey your flowers will need a little bit of care and attention. So please bear in mind that the flowers will be thirsty. Water the flowers, using a glass vase. A glass vase lets you see when the water becomes cloudy. Vase water should be changed once a week. Always remember to add cut flower food to the clean water. Cut flower food is extremely important as it stops bacterial growth in the water. It provides the flowers with the key nutrients they need for growth and producing beautiful blooms. It is advisable to re-cut the flowers before replacing them in fresh water.

Cut the flowers at an angle

Of course you don't have to make the floral arrangement at the moment you receive the flowers, but we do advice to cut the flowers at an angle before putting them into water. An angled cut opens up more water vessels and secondly it stops the cut stem resting firmly on the bottom of the vase which would stop the flower from drinking the water it needs.

Damaging the end of a stem by cutting it roughly with a blunt object leads to infection of the water and subsequently results in bacteria blocking the wood vessels in the stem. Damaging or bruising the stem will also cause the flower unnecessary stress which will consequently shorten its vase life. By using a sharp knife you dramatically reduce the damage to the water vessels, enabling the flower to easily absorb plenty of food and water. Cutting at an angle will stop the stem resting on the bottom of the vase and sealing itself.

It is not necessary to remove the thorns but if you do, be careful not to damage the stem. If damage occurs, bacteria will proceed to grow in the open wounds which would significantly shorten the life of the flower.

Keeping the flowers in the best shape

Where should I store my flowers until the wedding is on?
Flowers stay fresher for longer when placed in a cool, light location away from direct sunlight, draughts and central heating. Extreme temperatures such as strong sunshine or cold breezes will result in the growth of bacteria and cause the flowers to evaporate water more vigorously, consequently leading to premature wilting.

Exotic flowers such as Orchids and Zantedeschia require a slightly warmer temperature than other flowers. The ideal temperature for these flowers is 15 °C, whereas most other cut flowers store in temperatures of between 4 °C and 8 °C.

Keep the flowers away from fruit

Ripening fruit releases a harmful gas called ethylene which speeds up the ageing process in flowers causing them to wilt. Especially bananas and avocados are particularly bad news to be next to flowers as they give off a lot of ethylene gas.

Taking good care of the flowers

We take very good care of the flowers we send to our customers. At Flowers4Florists we understand that wedding flowers are a vital aspect of a perfect wedding day. All our flowers are being packed in steady cardboard cases that are used for airfreight and will guarantee an undamaged delivery.

Nevertheless, it is vital that you take good care of the flowers after receiving them. You want to have the flowers at the best possible shape when the wedding is on! We recommend that the delivery date of the flowers is a couple of days in advance of the wedding you’ve planned. The flowers need some time to rest to be in their best shape when the guests arrive at the wedding!