After you’ve unpacked your newly delivered Bouq, it’s time to get to work caring for your fresh-cut flowers. While your blooms will brighten up your home straight out of the box, it never hurts to provide your flowers with some extra love.
Since you’ve signed up for the best flower delivery experience, why not keep the positivity rolling? Check out some of our favorite tips to help your blooms shine for as long as possible.
Care Tips for Fresh-Cut Flowers to Make Them Last Longer
Remove the Guard Petals and Wilted Petals
Once you’ve unpacked your flowers, you might think the unwrapping process is over. You Remove the plastic sleeve and rubber bands and let your Bouq break free. But, there’s one more protective element to remove, because some flowers have built-in protection!
Roses have outer petals called guard petals. As the name suggests, they protect the rest of the rose from damage. When you look at your roses, you may see that the outer petals are bruised or torn. If so, rejoice! This means that the guard petals have done their job.
Since your home will be a safe place for your roses, it’s safe to remove the guard petals. Not only will this give your roses a fresh look, but it will also prevent the flowers from sending energy to the damaged petals.
Removing the guard petals is easy. Simply grasp each petal at the base and give it a gentle tug. Once you’re done, you’ll be left with a gorgeous, damage-free rose!
Flowers in Bud Form Last the Longest
When your Bouq arrives, you’ll notice it looks a little different from the photos on our website. Rather than fully opened blooms, your flowers arrive in bud form. But don’t fear — these buds will open into full blooms.
The great thing about flowers arriving in bud form is you’ll be able to enjoy your Bouq for as long as possible. Plus, you can watch your flowers transform from closed buds to beautiful blossoms
Hydrate Your Blooms
While your Bouq’s arrival to your door seemed effortless, your flowers have taken quite a trip! Like any traveler, they might appear weary when arriving at their final destination. No problem! All they need to help them perk up is a good drink.
So put on your finest host or hostess face and provide your guests with fresh water. You’ll want to make sure to give them the right amount. A good rule of thumb is to fill the vase ½ to ¾ full. Make sure you remove any leaves that are sitting in the water.
Don’t forget about the petals! As much as flowers need to drink water through their stems, the petals can become thirsty and will stay fresher with a little extra water. Keep a spray bottle with fresh water to mist the petals of your Bouqs a few times a day.
Select a Vase
The first step is to find a vase that’s large enough to hold all your flowers. Bacteria can spread between flowers just like they can between humans, so make sure to wash any used vases with soap and water.
Sure, your flowers can drink up water by themselves, but a helping hand will speed up their hydration.
After their journey, the tips of your flowers’ stems will be a bit dry. They might struggle a bit to drink up water. Luckily, there’s an easy solution. With a quick trim, your flowers can take up all the water they need. To get started, just grab a pair of sharp pruning shears or scissors. Next, cut each stem at a 45º angle. You’re aiming to take 1/2” to 1” off of each stem. Cutting stems at a 45º angle gives them more fresh surface area to absorb the water and replenish themselves.
Change the Water
If you notice the water in your vase is becoming cloudy, empty it and refill it. Even if the water looks great, it’s good practice to change your flowers’ water every other day. And don’t forget to add new plant food!
Your flowers arrived with a food packet. Spread this out over a few uses. To make homemade flower food, you can use a combination of citric acid, sugar, and bleach. A basic recipe to keep handy: 1 quart clean water + 2 tablespoons lemon juice + 1 tablespoon sugar + ½ teaspoon bleach.
Find the Right Location to Display Your Flowers
After your flowers are all prepped, it’s time to find them a spot in your home. Choose wisely — the location you choose can affect how long you get to enjoy your flowers.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
While many flowers love the sun when they’re growing, cut flowers are different! Sunlight can damage your blooms, so try to keep them out of direct rays. If you want to add some greenery to a bright window, you can always order houseplants for your home. Extended exposure to direct sunlight causes flowers to dry out faster. Your blooms might wilt, wither, and droop in heavy sunlight. To prolong the life and freshness of your Bouq, it’s best to display it in a place with bright, but not harsh, lighting.
Keep Away From Heat
Like you, your Bouq has a preferred temperature. It doesn’t like being hot, so keep away from heaters and warm drafts. One more thing to avoid is any drying air. Even once you’ve trimmed your stems and placed your flowers in water, they can still become dehydrated. To avoid dry and wrinkly flowers, keep your Bouq away from drafts and fans.
Ordering Flowers for Events
If you won’t be displaying your Bouqs for a day or two, make sure you save the boxes they were delivered in, as you might need them to store or transport the flowers. Most cut flowers will last longer when kept in a cool climate. Storing them in a refrigerator allows the flowers to soak up more water and maintain their freshness.
The refrigerator should be set at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below but above freezing. Place your Bouqs in a vase three-quarters full of water. All fruits should be removed from the refrigerator. Fruit emits ethylene gas, which helps the fruit ripen, but can cause your Bouqs to wilt faster.
To safely transport your Bouqs, you’ll want to make sure they’re snug and secure. Since you need to unpack the flowers and keep them hydrated and cool, it’s best if you can keep the Bouqs upright during the trip. To do this, use the delivery box. Cut a square just big enough to fit the vase snugly. This will keep the vase from tipping over.
If you’re just traveling to a nearby friend or neighbor, you can keep the flowers out of the vase, wrapping the stems in a damp paper towel to prevent wilting. Just be sure to place the Bouqs in water when they reach their final destination.
Keep Blooming with Longer Lasting Flowers
With all these tips, you’re now equipped to make your Bouqs last their longest. When you start by ordering farm fresh flowers from The Bouqs, you are ensuring that your arrangements will last their longest. Our sustainable practices in every step of the flower delivery process bring the freshest possible flowers to your door.
Follow this advice and your Bouqs will last anywhere from 5 – 14 days. All that’s left to do is choose your favorite bouquets and place an order today!Shop All