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Flower care

We pride ourselves on the quality and freshness of our flowers.

We follow the “chain of life”.  When we receive the flowers from the suppliers, we  remove all the leaves (thorns) from the stems, re-cut and place them in very warm water with preservative. We let them cool before placing them in our temperature and humidity controlled cooler.

If you want your flowers to last longer, you  must  also do a little. Re-cutting and warm water prolong the life of your “living present”.

If you received a bouquet of cut flowers (NO VASE), remove them from the foam.
Fill a clean vase with very warm water diluted  with preservative (provided by us), re-cut the stems. After a few days, repeat.

If you received a VASE arrangement, top up the water in the vase.  In a few days (perhaps 2-3 days) if the water looks murky, tie the flowers with a twine to keep them together, wash and bleach the vase, fill with warm water, re-cut the stems and place in vase.

If you received an arrangement in a BASKET or CONTAINER, fill with water immediately and make sure the oasis is wet all the time.

For your information, the following are some common questions and answers:
Q: Should I smash the ends of the flowers before I put them in a vase?
A: No.  This will only force the stems to form a scab which will prevent it from absorbing water.

Q: Do fruit and cigarette smoke kill flowers?
A: Yes.  Fruit, such as apples, produces ethylene gas which is harmful to flowers.

Q: Should roses be placed in ice cold water after re-cutting?
A: No.  Only very warm (almost hot) water should be used as it forces the water up the stem.  Re-cutting them and immersing immediately in this “hot” water  will prevent air bubbles forming which will block the  uptake of water in turn leading to droopy heads.

Q: Can flowers be placed on window sill or near a heat source?
A: No.  Flowers should never be placed next to any heat source, electronic devices. Do not place your flowers near a drafty window. Temperature is the key to the longevity of flowers so keep them in a cool place, out of drafts.

Q: Can I add 7-Up or Aspirin to the water  before I put the flowers in?
A: Yes and no.  This is partly true because the preservative we include with our flowers include 3 elements  to keep the flowers longer – bleaching agent which kills bacteria, sugar solution to feed the  blooms and acid which raises the PH level.  So yes, you can use 7-Up or Aspirin as long you use a CLEAN vase.

Q: My roses never open.
A: Some roses remain tight and never open – that’s because they are what we call “bullets”  - either cut too early or were frozen  en route.  However it also depends on the variety – some open very slowly whereas some roses are sold partially open –  what we call the Russian cut - apparently in Europe, they like their roses partially open.

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