Carefully remove your bunches from the box and from their protective sleeve. Inspect the bunches for any damage, remove and discard any spoilage immediately (keep in mind it is expected for a stem or two to be subpar). Remove foliage that will fall below the waterline to prevent bacteria growth, as well as remove any guard petals or damaged petals. Prepare buckets or vases with a few inches of cool water and flower food. Cut an inch off the bottom of the stem with clean sharp snips and place in the water, then keep store in a cool place out of direct sunlight and away from heating/cooling vents and electronics. If you need to force the blooms to open quickly, use warmer water and a warmer air temperature. Different flowers have different care requirements, so read below to learn more about some individual varieties.
AmaryllisThese blooms arrive in bud form, so keep this in mind when ordering for an event. They also have hollow stems which may split and curl at the bottom which is totally normal. To encourage the blooms to open quicker, cut the stem shorter so the water only has to travel a shorter distance.
AnemonesThese blooms have flimsy stems, so be sure to process them in a container where they will be supported or cut them shorter so they are supported by the edge of the container. Don’t crowd too many stems in a container either, these need room for the blooms to open peacefully.
Birds of ParadiseThese large blooms can be encouraged to open by separating the layers of the blooms.
RanunculusThese blooms have flimsy stems, so be sure to process them in a container where they will be supported or cut them shorter so they are supported by the edge of the container. Don’t crowd too many stems in a container either, these need room for the blooms to open peacefully.
CarnationsBy gently massaging just under the bloom at the top of the stem, this encourages the carnation petals to open fuller and wider.
HydrangeasIn addition to standard care tips, dipping hydrangea heads in a bath of cool water can help these delicate petals perk up. Submerge the heads of hydrangeas in a bucket of water for a few minutes and then gently shake all the water off of the petals. Don’t forget to snip the stems and return them into fresh warm water. Pluck off any brown or discolored petals to keep the bloom looking fresh.
IrisYou can encourage the buds to open by gently massaging and peeling back the outer layers.
LiliesLilies can be encouraged to open if the buds are too tight. Gently massage the area where the petals naturally split to encourage the bloom to open. Once opened, make sure to remove the pollen from each stem to prevent staining on surfaces as well as allergies.
PeoniesPeonies will arrive in bud stage and will need time for their beautiful blooms to open up. Removing leaves and cutting the stems to a shorter length will encourage the blooms to open quicker as the water has less to travel. You can also encourage the blooms to open by very gently pushing back the outer petals.
RosesAllow roses to hydrate while in their protective cardboard wrap for a few hours prior to opening their packaging. After opening the packaging, you may notice some of the petals are brown, wilting, or just ugly - these are the guard petals and should be removed. It is standard to remove 5-10 outer petals of roses, so don’t be shy. To encourage the petals to open up naturally, you can also blow directly onto the top of the rose head.
TulipsTulip arrive tightly closed and will need support as they hydrate. The stems tend to arch as they absorb water, and the bloom will move towards a light source, so keep these in a container that will support the stems.