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Conditioning Flowers

Thanks for buying your flowers, foliage and sundries with FlowerSuppliers! Now that you have received your fresh delivery, here are some important steps to take to condition your flowers in preparation for useage:

STEP ONE

Upon receiving the flowers, carefully remove all the packaging ecept for the cardboard around the flower heads (if applicable).

STEP TWO

Cut 2-3cm at th ebase of the stem using a knife. Avoid using scissors as these can crush the stems and prevent the water from flowing freely to the heads.

STEP THREE

Strip away the lower foliage from the stems (or all the foliage if this is your preference). Any leaves left under water will start to rot. This will cause a build up in bacteria and may block the stem heads. If this occurs, the bacteria may be fed to the flower heads.

STEP FOUR

Place the stems in lukewarm water. Water either too cold or too hot can effect the length of time the heads bloom as well as the quality of the flower. Add appropiate flower food. Flower food prevents bacteria.

STEP FIVE

Allow the flower to drink for up to 3 hours to rehydrate before moving it to its destination for arrangements or display etc.

Advanced Tips - Conditioning According to Stem

Below you will find some tips to care for flower depending upon the type of stem they have:

WOODY STEMS e.g. ROSES | MIMOSA | PITTOSPORUM | BEECH | EUCALYPTUS etc.

Cut stems at a 45 degree using a knife. Remove lower foliage. Place in lukewarm water. Add appropiate flower food. Carefully remove the 'guard' petals. They are darker in colour and thicker than the inner petals.

SEMI-WOODY STEMS e.g. LILIES | CHRYSANTHEMUMS | CARNATIONS | LEATHERLEAF etc.

Follow the same stems as above

SOFT STEMS e.g. ANEMONES | HELLEBORE | FREESIA

Cut stems at a 45 degree angle using a knife. Remove lower foliage. Place in lukewarm water where the flower is covered all the way to its head. Leave overnight (longer than the recommended 3 hours) to fully drink.