- Buy your flowers when the buds are beginning to show some colour
- Only buy fresh flowers. Do not buy anything with yellow or wilted leaves
- When you get them home, put them in some clean water for a few hours before you remove the wrapping. This allows flowers to re-hydrate and makes them less susceptible to damage while arranging
- Make sure your vase has been scrubbed using a brush. Microorganisms can lay dormant from the last time the vase was used. They can quickly pollute the water making it cloudy and smelly.
- Add flower food to clean vase water; your flowers will open better and last longer. Make sure to use the right quantity.
- Cut 1 to 3 centimetres off the stems at an angle with a sharp knife. Never break or flatten stems; this also applies to woody stems.
- Remove all leaves that will sit below the waterline. They pollute the water and will shorten the life of your flowers
- Keep your flowers out of direct sunlight and draughts as much as possible, as this can cause them to wilt. Keep in mind that the sun moves, a nice spot in the morning may be flower hell in the afternoon.
- Avoid putting flowers next to a fruit bowl. Fruit (especially apples and bananas) can give off a ripening gas that will reduce the life of your flowers.
- Keep an eye on the water level – some flowers are very thirsty.
- Leave daffodils in their own vase of water to ‘slime-out’ for a day before you mix them with other flowers
Flowers of Auckland –
Street: 119A Kitchener Road
Country: New Zealand
Phone: (+64) 09 489-5903
Fax: (+64) 09 489-7448
Monday to Friday
8:30AM to 5:30PM
9:00AM to 4:00PM