Fresh cut Flowers and Plant Care

Fresh cut flowers and Plant care

Flower Shop Florist Wellington uses the freshest possible flowers in all our arrangements and bouquets – to ensure long life and maximum enjoyment from them once they arrive home with you, follow these steps in our frequently asked flower care questions.

Common Questions About Flower care: 

  • What is the best way to care for a flower arrangement or flowers in a container?
    On arrival:
    • Ensure the container is filled with plenty of fresh water.
    • Avoid placing your flowers in direct sunlight or near heating sources.
    • Remember to protect your furniture by placing something under the arrangement.
    • Never let the oasis (green foam) dry out. Simply add water to the oasis daily and enjoy.
    • Avoid placing near a fruit bowl-due to Ethylene gas speeding up ripening process.
    • Remove faded flowers as they occur.
  • What is the best way to care for cut flowers?
    On arrival:
    • Unwrap your flowers, remove wet wrapping or water vials from stems.
    • Re cut the stems at an angle, this exposes a fresh part of the stem and allows the flower to absorb water. (Do this for every water change-every 2 days.)
    • Ensure all leaves are removed below the water line, otherwise they rot and foul the water.
    • Place in a clean fresh water and your choice of vase to enjoy.
    • Avoid placing your flowers in direct sunlight or near heating sources.
    • Avoid placing near a fruit bowl-due to Ethylene gas speeding up ripening process.
    • Top up or change the water regularly and remove faded flowers as they occur.
  • How do I care for my cut roses?
    • Unwrap your roses, remove wet wrapping or water vials from stems.
    • Re cut the stems at an angle, this exposes a fresh part of the stem and allows the roses to absorb water. (Do this for every water change-every 2 days.)
    • Ensure all leaves are removed below the water line, otherwise they rot and foul the water.
    • Place in a clean fresh water and your choice of vase to enjoy.
    • If individual roses wilt, place the bottom 1cm of stem in boiling water for 30 seconds, then cut off scalded portion and place in deep cold water for around 1 hour before return to vase.
    • Refresh the vase and water daily. If roses begin to wilt, re-cut the stems.
    • If you have received your roses while at the office, they can be left in the box with the water vials until you arrive home.
  • How do I care for my cut lilys?
    • Unwrap your lilys, remove wet wrapping or water vials from stems.
    • Re cut the stems at an angle, this exposes a fresh part of the stem and allows the lily to absorb water. (Do this for every water change-every 2 days.)
    • Ensure all leaves are removed below the water line, otherwise they rot and foul the water.
    • Place in a clean fresh water and your choice of vase to enjoy.
    • To prevent pollen stains, remove stamens by gently pulling them up out of the flower with a tissue.
    • Pollen stains can be brushed off or capture the pollen with cellotape & remove. If pollen gets into the fabric, treat as you would an-oil based stain.
  • How do I care for my cut tulips?
    • Unwrap your tulips, remove wet wrapping or water vials from stems.
    • Re cut the stems at an angle, this exposes a fresh part of the stem and allows the tulip to absorb water. (Do this for every water change-every 2 days.)
    • Ensure all leaves are removed below the water line, otherwise they rot and foul the water.
    • Place in a clean fresh water and your choice of vase to enjoy.
    • Tulips continue to grow after they are cut, stretching towards a light source.
    • Turn your vase occasionally to ensure an even growth of your tulips.
 

Common Questions About Plants

  • How do I care for my Plant?
    • When deciding on a location for the plant, consider its preferred light & heat levels. For example, plants that like high humidity (eg: maiden hair ferns) will flourish in a bathroom.
    • Position plants away from strong heat or cold draughts.
    • Water most plants from below and provide good drainage.
    • Most plants prefer to dry out a little between thorough waterings.
    • Feed plants regularly with the appropriate food.
    • Give broad glossy leaves an occasional wipe with a damp cloth.
    • Pruning plants can encourage new growth.
    • Flowering plants kept slightly pot bound will produce more flowers.
    • Check your plants regularly for signs of stress, pests or disease & treat accordingly.
    • Remove dead leaves and flowers as they occur.
  • How do I care for my Orchid?
    • Orchids enjoy bright but not direct light.
    • Don't overwater! Watering is best done from above using either a watering can or hose, or you can soak the pot in water for a minute or so.
    • Ensure the plant has good drainage.
    • Pruning - when flowers finish, cut the stem approximately 3cm from base & a new stem will shoot in the following season.
    • Feeding - use commercial orchid fertiliser, as directed.