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Caring For Your Flowers
When you pick up your flowers try to keep them out of direct sunlight, extreme heat, and windy environments. Give all the stems a fresh cut when you get them home and get them into fresh water as soon as possible. To increase water absorption, always cut the stems at an angle with a pair of clean, sharp scissors. Make sure any lower foliage or flowers that could be resting below the water line are stripped or removed from the lower stems. Leaving anything but the stem under water will create a breeding ground for bacteria which will dramatically shorten the life of your flowers.
To keep your flowers looking their best, try to change the water with room temperature water once daily. When changing the water, always give the stems a fresh cut trim of at least a 1/2 inch. Anytime the stems are out of water and exposed to air, they start to lose their ability to absorb water and their old cuts begin to "heal over." A fresh cut will allow the stems to absorb more water and stay healthier and fresher looking. As you cut the flowers, be sure to put each flower immediately in fresh water.
Flower food and preservative are not necessary because our flowers are so fresh, but if you do decide to use them, please be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Remove any wilted or spent flowers and foliage daily and try to keep your flowers away from heat and out of direct sunlight. If properly cared for, you should expect your flowers to last from 5-10 days.
Chicagoland Full-Service Florists Who Work With Local and Sustainably Grown Flowers
Resources on Local and American Grown Flowers
Stewart, Amy. Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful. Chapel Hill: Algonquin, 2007. Print.
Association of SPECIALTY CUT FLower GRowers