DIY Flower Care

Unpacking, Prepping & Processing Your Flowers

The moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived — your Bouq is at your door! But wait, what’s the best way to unpack and preserve your flowers so they stay in tip-top shape?

To help you make the most of your flower arrangement, we’re going to share some insider tips to help you keep your new flowers looking as good as possible. If this sounds intimidating, don’t worry! We’ll break it down for you so your Bouq can shine like the beautiful star it is.

Watch Out for Delivery

On the day your flower delivery is expected to arrive, keep an eye out for the delivery truck. We’re not saying you have to creep out your window the whole day, but try to sneak a peek of your porch every once in a while.

Once your Bouq has arrived, bring it inside ASAP. There’s no need to fret if you’re away from home for a bit. Just bring your blooms indoors once you arrive home to avoid any damage from heat or cold.

Get Ready for Action

Before you start unpacking your flowers, you want to gather everything you’ll need.

Find a flat surface that’s clear of clutter. A kitchen island or dining room table works great. Next, grab a sharp pair of pruning shears and a vase of your choice.

That’s it! You’re ready to bring your flowers into your workstation.

Grab a Glimpse of Your Flowers

Once you have your station ready, it’s time to start unpacking your flowers!

First, open the box. You’ll see your Bouq wrapped nice and snug in a protective plastic sleeve. 

If you aren’t in a rush to put your flowers on display, keep them in the plastic sleeve and cut about 1/2” off the bottoms of the stems. Next, place your Bouq in a vase of fresh water and wait a few hours. This step provides your thirsty flowers with a drink before you move onto further prepping.

If you have company coming over and need your flowers on display ASAP, you can skip the above step. But, if you have the time, it’s a great habit to get into — your flowers will thank you.

Continue Unpacking

Once your flowers are out of the box, it’s time to remove the lil’ bits of protective packaging.

To start, remove the rubber band from around the stems. After you’ve done that, it’s onto the plastic. To make removing this film simple, tear along the crease in the plastic. Easy peasy.

Once you’ve removed the plastic, you’ll see a packet of flower food. Set this aside for now, and focus on the gorgeous flowers in front of you.

Carefully unwrap the second rubber band around your flowers. Now the stems are free from each other — time to appreciate each bloom for the unique beauty it is. The final unpacking step is to remove the cute lil’ nets protecting blooms like sunflowers and mums.

At this point, you’re ready to move on to the processing details!

Remove Any Excess Leaves

We all love gorgeous greenery. But too much of it can be a bad thing! If leaves sit in water, they are prone to becoming infected by bacteria. And that means a smelly mess you don’t want to deal with.

To help prevent this issue, separate your stems and remove the lower leaves present on each one. You’re aiming to remove any leaves that will fall below the waterline of your vase.

Give Your Flowers a Fresh Trim

Once you’ve taken care of the leaves, it’s time to move onto another kind of cut.

Grab your pruning shears and cut each stem at a 45º angle. Try to take between 1/2” and 1” off of each stem.

Wondering why you should stray away from the classic 90º cut? A sharper angle means more surface area…and that means your flowers can drink up more fresh water!

Keep ‘em Hydrated

Now your blooms are ready for their final step!

Collect your vase of choice and fill it with cool water. Grab the flower food packet you’ve set aside, and pour half of the packet into the water. You’ll use the remaining half in the future when you refresh your flowers’ water.

Once your vase is ready, it’s time to add your thirsty flowers. That’s it! Your flower will remain happy while you enjoy them or wait to further arrange them.

Check Out More Tips

That was easy, wasn’t it? 

To learn more about making the most of your new flowers, check out our YouTube series Bouq Care 101. Before you know it, you’ll be a flower care superstar.

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