Arranging your flowers
Your flowers may be tired after their journey and so will need a big drink to help them perk up and some TLC. By following these simple care instructions you will help your flowers to grow and bloom. Here's what you'll need: scissors, a clean vase, luke warm water, and your special flower food provided.
- Fill your vase half full with luke warm water (this will encourage any flowers in bud to open up) and add your special flower food;
- Remove all the packaging from your flowers;
- If your flowers contain a magic water cube, remove the stems from it and dispose of the water cube;
- With your scissors, cut 2-3cm from each stem, remembering to cut the stems at an angle to allow your flowers a large area to drink from;
- Remove any foliage from your flowers that fall below the water line to discourage bacteria;
- Arrange your flowers and display them away from draughts, radiators, and fruit;
- To maximise the life of your flower gift keep the vase water topped up regularly;
- Please remember to recycle your box when you have finished with it;
- Received one of our special Bag Bouquets? Keep your flower gift displayed in its wrapping and bag and just top up the magic water cube with water and flower food every couple of days - no mess, no fuss!
Rose heads can droop when left out of water for a length of time. Revive them by placing the cut stems into one inch of boiling water for about 30 seconds, then remove and place into your prepared vase. This will remove any air pockets in the stem and allow the water to reach the Rose head.
Found a dark tinge on your red Rose petals? This isn't a flaw, but a natural characteristic of our red Rose variety.
Our Lilies are normally despatched while still in bud for maximum vase life. Place the stems in luke warm water to encourage the buds to open.
Lily pollen can stain clothing and furniture, so we recommend cutting out the stamens once they start to open, but before the Lily pollen has developed into a powder.
If you do happen to accidentally spill Lily pollen on you clothes or soft furnishings, do not run or wet the area, simply vacuum or dab with sellotape - and hey presto, the stain has gone.
If you have a cat keep them away from your Lilies as the pollen can be harmful to felines.
If your Oriental Orchids arrive wilted, simply immerse the whole Orchid sprays in cool tap water for 10 - 15 minutes.
Please untangle your Orchid sprays with care.
To encourage upper buds to open, remove any faded flowers from the bottom of the stem.
Remember, your Orchids are from the warm climate of Thailand, so keep them in warm room temperatures of 10℃ / 50℉ and above.
For maximum vase life our Freesias are normally despatched while still in bud, opening fresh for your enjoyment. To encourage continued flowering, pinch off dead or dying flower blooms.
Freesias are thirsty flowers, so always make sure that the vase contains plenty of fresh clean water.
Our famous Classic Carnations owe their clarity of colour and healthy size to the special climate of the Colombian mountains where they flourish.
Keep these blooms in a cool room away from ripening fruit and vegetables and they can last up to three weeks.
Our popular Tulips from Amsterdam will continue to grow once placed in water and will curve and grow towards the light, so choose your vase carefully.
Amaryllis Bouquet Care
To protect the flowers during transit, your Amaryllis will arrive with closed heads. With proper care, the blooms will open into large beautiful flowers.
Simply cut 5cm off each stem, and arrange in 3cm of water. It is important not to fill the vase with any more water, as this will weaken the stem and cause them to droop.
Refresh the water and trim the stems every other day. After four days you can enjoy each multiple flowering stem in full bloom.
Your plant gift may be a little tired after its journey, so give it a little TLC and follow these simple care tips to make sure you get the most out of your houseplant.
Most plants like to be kept out from direct sunlight and away from chilly draughts, but it is recommended you find out where your plant originates from and try to recreate the heat and lighting levels of its natural habitat.
Plants prefer not to be displayed near things that dry the air such as radiators or on top of TVs.
Did you know that a plant's lungs are in its leaf surface? Occasionally wipe your plants leaves with a cloth to ensure they don't become choked with dust and unable to breathe.
Check your plant regularly for signs of stress or disease and remove any browning leaves or flowers to encourage new growth.
Use the recommended plant food when watering to encourage growth, particularly for flowering plants.
All plants like water, but just how much your plant needs will depend on the variety you have and the time of year. Read on to find out more about your specific plant…
Peace Lily Plant
Origin: Central and South America
Preferred Conditions: Keep damp, cool and shaded, away from direct sunlight.
Water: Every 5-7 days and mist occasionally. Your Peace Lily will tell you when it needs watering as its leaves will droop (but try not to let it get to that stage).
Did you know? Peace Lily plants have amazing capabilities in fighting air pollution.
Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant
Preferred Conditions: Orchids like cool air, regular misting and are sensitive to ethylene gas produced by fruit, so keep away from your fruit basket.
Water: Orchids absorb food and water through their leaves, so mist the leaves - not flower heads, once a week. Water the roots with about a tablespoon of water once a week in summer and once a fortnight in the winter.
Did you know? In their natural habitat Orchids grow on trees and use their roots to cling to branches. This is why Orchids are potted in bark. Keep your Orchids roots exposed to light to ensure it continues to produce enough energy for itself.
Origin: China and Thailand.
Azalea plants enjoy regular watering and do not like to dry out. Keep the soil constantly moist and occasionally mist your plant. Dry brown leaves indicate that your plant needs more water. Keep out of extreme temperatures and display in a room with lots of sunlight.
During the spring months your plant will continue to flower and develop new buds, shedding their brown shells when ready to open. Once it has finished flowering remove the dead heads and your plant will continue to grow until the following year when it will begin to flower again.
Please note: Not for consumption.