So you bought a bunch of flowers from Miami Flower Market….now what?

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So you bought a bunch of flowers from Miami Flower Market….now what?

You found the perfect blooms to go home with you, but now you don't know what to do with them. Don't worry! We're here to help you #BetheFlorist. 

Unwrap your bunch

We always wrap up your bunch for you in kraft paper to protect your precious blooms on their way to their new home. Some blooms will come in a plastic sleeve for extra protection, and some blooms (such as mums) will come with the heads of the bloom individually wrapped - this packaging all need to be gently removed.

Unwrapping blooms

Clean the stems and the blooms by removing any leaves and guard petals

Using clean shears or sharp knife, remove any extra leaves down the stem and any that may fall below the water line. This helps prevent bacteria from building up and contaminating the water. If your blooms include roses, remove the outer guard petals (these may have some green on them).

Removing leaves

Measure and trim stems

Bunch flowers together and measure the stems in the vase to be about 2-3 inches above the top of the vase. Using your shears or sharp knife, trim the stems at an angle for maximum water absorption.

 

Fill vase with fresh water and flower food

Using room temperature water, fill the vase about ⅔ of the way full and mix in the flower food provided (or use your own!).

Floral Food

Keep it clean

To keep your blooms fresh, keep an eye on the water. Every other day, clean out the vase with warm water and soap to get rid of any nasty bacteria, and give the stems a fresh cut before placing back into clean water.

 

Help them bloom faster

Many flowers are still in bud stage when purchased. Large blooms, such as lilies and roses, can be encouraged to open by placing fresh cut stems in warm water. If your carnations need a little help, roll the base of the flower underneath the bloom between your fingers to loosen up the petals. You can also then help gently spread the petals on top. Another option to getting flowers with a high petal count to open is to blow directly onto the petals.

Fluffing carnations

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