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Caring for Flowers

Did you know that the first 24 hours from the delivery is the most crucial period, affecting the longevity of your flowers as they absorb half the water they require to survive during this time? Roses Only suggests that you follow these important care instructions to ensure your flowers stay happy and healthy for longer.

All Flowers

Recut all stems on an angle, approximately 3-4cm. This will allow for the water to travel up the stem more easily.
Keep flowers in a cool place around the house or office but away from draughts.
Keep flowers away from extreme heat and cold, ea. heaters, airconditioners, TV, microwaves, computer screens.
Keep flowers away from fruit: fruit release a gas called ethylene, which accelerates the ageing process in cut flowers.
You may use a few drops of bleach and a spoonful of sugar as an alternative to flower food preservative.

Roses

Remove water pouches from the stems
Remove any leaves that will sit below the water line in the vase
Cut the stems on angle about 3cm. This will enable the roses to drink properly; do not break or flatten the stems
Ensure the vase you use is clean
Use room temperature water: oxygen is drawn up more easily through the stems when water is tepid
Gently remove any discoloured outside petals (these are sometimes left on during shipping to protect the rose head)
Add the flower preservative: one sachet per 1 litre of water
Change water in the vase every second day

Keep discarding old outer petals from the rose head to allow fresher petals to fully open
If roses start to droop, add ice cubes to clean water and recut stems on angle, possibly under the running water

Tulips

Tulips are delivered in tight buds and open up over time to reveal the colour of the bloom.
Every 3 days recut tulips stems on angle.
Tulips like dirty water!
Tulips dislike flower preservatives
Tulips grow towards the light and will continue to grow once cut
They don’t always grow upright and have a natural bend or ‘droop’, which is a perfectly normal, healthy appearance.
Tulips are not wired as this can damage the delicate stems

Do not keep your tulips in direct sunlight or in hot rooms: they will open too fast and will not last long

Gerberas

Recut stems on angle
Gerberas prefer minimal water, approx. 5cm deep; this prevents soggy stems
Tiny pinprick at the top of the stem just below the head may prevent drooping
Add flower preservative
Change water in the vase every second day

Lilies

Lilies prefer well lit areas
Recut stems on angle every few days
Remove any leaves which will sit below the water line in a vase
To prevent staining of clothing or furniture, remove yellow stamens as soon as lilies start to open (as they are not powdery at this stage)
If you wish for the lily blooms to open faster, place flowers in warm water and keep vase in warmer part of the room
Add flower preservative
Change water in the vase every few days

Peonies

Remove any leaves that will sit below the water line in a vase
Cut the stems on angle, about 3cm, preferably under running water.
This will enable peony stems to drink properly; do not break or flatten the stems
Ensure the vase you intend to use is clean
Use room temperature water: oxygen is drawn up more easily through the stems
Gently remove any spent outside petals once the peony flower fully opens, to ensure continuity
Change the water in the vase every few days
If you wish for peony blooms to open faster, place flowers in warm water and position vase in warm spot around the house
If peony petals start to wilt too soon, consider adding some ice cubes to clean water and recut stems

Orchids

Recut stems on angle, daily
Orchids do not need flower preservative
Orchids love to be kept in cool, shaded areas without heating and direct, strong sunlight
Keep all flower heads above the water line

Irises

Recut stems on angle, daily
Add flower preservative
Change water daily
Keep irises away from direct sunlight, otherwise they will open too soon

Australian Natives

Recut stems on angle, daily
Natives do not like flower preservatives
Change water daily
Natives are not fussy and can be kept in hot or cold conditions

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