Floral FAQ

Here are some answers to my most frequently asked questions. Need more information or don’t see your question? Feel free to email us and I’ll be happy to help!

First, all of the leaves should not be removed, just those below the waterline. Why? Once again to discourage the growth of bacteria, leaves left to soak in the water not only provide the ideal breeding ground for micro-organisms but contribute to the “bio-load” of the water as well.  However, it is important not to remove too many leaves as the leaves play an important role in water uptake, so to be safe, just remove those below the waterline.
Truth be told, it’s not actually food. Cut flowers don’t really require anything more than fresh clean water, and the substance known as “flower food” makes sure that’s what they get. It’s a mild antibacterial agent, and should help keep your water fresh and clear.
Removing thorns is not something that we recommend as their removal results in “wounds” that are an invitation to micro-organisms and bacterial infection.
Well the first steps are simply following our cut flower care instruction, to the letter when possible. Yes, we realize at times they can be a pain, but trust us on this we have been doing it for years. A little preparation at the start will generally result in added days of life for your flowers. Here are a couple more tips:

  • Always ensure your flowers are away from heat sources, direct sunlight, and drafts. All of these can have a detrimental effect on the life of your flowers.
  • Check the water level daily, and add fresh water as needed. The water level will go down in your vase primarily due to your flowers “drinking” and ongoing evaporation.
  • Everyday remove any leaves that may have fallen into the water and any flowers that may have wilted (we hope there are none).
  • After 7-10 days, re-cut your flowers, wash your vase, and refill with fresh water and Grower Direct Fresh Flower Power flower food.
It depends on how they are packaged:

  • If you receive flowers in a container with floral foam, be certain the container is full of water every day. The water should be treated with the floral food provided by your florist. Using your finger, feel under the greens for a place where water can be added. Or you can pour water slowly into the center of the arrangement, keeping a finger in the container to gauge the water level.
  • If you receive flowers in a vase, check to be sure the water is always clear. If the water turns cloudy, empty it and add fresh water mixed with the floral food provided by your florist. If possible, re-cut the stems with a sharp knife before placing them in the fresh water.
  • If you receive flowers in a box or tissue, remove all of the foliage that falls below the water line, then cut the stems with a sharp knife in a sink full of warm water. Be sure to cut the stems under the water and place them immediately into a vase of warm water mixed with the floral food provided by your florist.
  • No matter what type of arrangement you have, it is important to keep your flowers off of televisions, appliances and heating/cooling units. You should also keep them away from hot or cold drafts and out of direct sunlight.

This is generally a result of the flower being harvested a little too early, something that will happen on occasion, unfortunately once that has occurred there is little that can be done to resolve the condition. Growers do their very best to ensure that the flower are cut at the optimum time, but it is a subjective call at best based on experience. So occasionally some stems are cut too soon. The main reason the neck bends is simple, the stem right under the bud is not strong enough to bear the weight of the developing bud/flower. Once the necks bends the vascular bundles within the stem are pinched shut and the flowers water supply is shut down.

They’ll be fine. You may not know it, but florists have been doing this for years. Flowers are actually quite hardy, especially when they’re in bud form, and they will essentially become dormant while they’re in transit. The stem ends will seal up, though, so you’ll need to cut at least an inch off the bottom of each stem when you receive them. Some flowers may also require a bit of support while they’re rehydrating. We wrap our tulips in protective paper and ship our Gerbera Daisies in a special tray, just for this reason.
Is it necessary to cut them at an angle? While neither of these practices will hurt your flowers, they won’t do much to help them either. Just be sure to cut at least an inch off the end of each stem before you put them in water, and cut off a bit more each time you change the water.
You will probably be pleasantly surprised by the vase life of all of our flowers, but a few do stand out. All varieties of Lilies are extremely long lasting, and some types of Calla Lilies, particularly the tall white and green varieties, share that trait. Cut Orchids also have an exceptionally long vase life, and of course you can’t beat our potted Orchids, many of which can be re-bloomed.
On average, your flowers should open in 2-3 days, but this does vary with the type of flower you’ve received. Some flowers will begin opening almost immediately, while others, such as lilies, may take up to a week.
There are many sites and even floral design classes one can take to help create your own centerpieces & bouquet. My favorite site is Flower Empowered to learn how to create your own floral designs.