Flower Care Guide

Flower Care Guide

Step 1

Use a soft sponge to clean your vase with hot water and a small amount of bleach before using to ensure no residue bacteria. 

Step 2

Fill your vase with lukewarm water. Placing fresh flowers in warmer water for their first drink is crucial. Add your sachet of flower food to the water and ensure it is fully dissolved.

Step 3

Hold your flower stems next to the vase to measure the appropriate height for them to be cut. Each stem should be cut with sharp secateurs or scissors at a 45-degree angle as this is important to maximise their drinking ability.

Step 4

Remove any leaves that sit below the water line. By doing this you will avoid bacteria forming in your vase which reduce the lifetime of your flowers.

Step 5

Keep flowers in a cool location away from direct sunlight, radiators and fires as this will cause your flowers to wilt and reduce their life span.  Keep your flowers away from fruit releases ethylene gas as the fruit ripens. Ethylene gas poisons cut flowers causing them to wilt and turn brown.

Step 6

Change the water in the vase every 2-3 days with warm fresh water.  Changing the water will prevent a build-up of bacteria within your vase. A build-up of bacteria is the most frequent cause for a short vase life. It is also important to re-trim the stems at a 45-degree angle every time you change the water.  You can also make your own flower food to add to your vase of flowers every time you change the water. 

How to make your own flower food

Flower food can be made with the following ingredients:

1 teaspoon of white sugar
1 teaspoon of clear unscented household bleach
2 teaspoons of lemon/lime juice

Mix these ingredients to a quarter mug of lukewarm water and stir well until the mixture has dissolved and then add to your vase of flowers.