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Flower Care

Flower Care Guide

There are some simple rules to making flowers last, based on common sense. Like everything, treat them well, and they will bloom for ages...

Flower Care

  • Carefully remove all packaging.
  • Keep the string tied around stems if you want to retain a strong shape on hand-tied bouquets; remove it if you want to arrange the flowers yourself.
  • Using a sharp, clean blade or scissors, cut 3cm off each stem at a 45-degree angle.
  • Place the bouquet in a clean vase that is large enough to allow the stems to reach at least halfway down. Fill three-quarters of the vase with lukewarm water and add flower food (this really does work; it’s not just a gimmick!). Do not use metal containers if using flower food, as metal can neutralise the food’s beneficial effects.
  • Remove any fronds and leaves which lie below the water level; these will decompose and contaminate the water, killing off your flowers.
  • Place the bouquet in a cool position, away from heating or cooling vents and appliances, direct sunlight or draughts.
  • Keep the flowers away from fruit - the gas that is given off when ripening will kill your flowers.
  • Add fresh water daily.

Arrangements and Rose Hatboxes

  • Do not allow oasis to dry out completely or become water logged.
  • Top up the water carefully with a small jug each day, to ensure the roses can drink daily
  • Please be aware that we may use a rose stem to prop the lid up away from the roses.  This is not a broken stem!
  • To prevent water damage always place arrangements on surfaces that are non porous. Better still on a protective mat

CAUTION: Lily pollen can stain. In case of contact, dab off with cellotape. Do not use water. Berries may also stain and must not be eaten.

For further advice, call Jane Packer Delivered on 0800 06 99 22 0 or email

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