Consumer Flower Handling:
How to handle your flowers and keep them fresh longer:
Carefully remove all plastic and rubber bands, if exist.
Fill a vase or container with clean lukewarm water to the desired level. Add a floral food packet, floral preservative or a little sugar to the water.
Remove all foliage below the water level of the vase, to prevent growth of bacteria. When removing foliage, take care not to damage the stem.
Use a sharp knife, scissors or shears to cut your flower stem at an angle, to achieve the desired length. The diagonal cut at the edge of each stem creates a larger surface for better water absorption. Cutting your flowers underwater prevents air bubbles from blocking the stems.
Immediately after cutting your flowers, place them in the container or vase. Keep flowers out of direct sunlight and move your flowers to a cool place at night.
Retail & Wholesale flower handling:
Flowers that have been shipped need to be re-hydrated and brought back to their peak of health and beauty. To do so, please follow these steps:
Prepare clean buckets or containers with lukewarm water (100° – 110° F). Cleanliness is important and often underestimated. A container with microbes will cause other postharvest care attempts to be ineffective
Add commercial floral preservatives to the water
Remove all foliage below the water level of your container, to prevent growth of bacteria. When removing foliage, take care not to damage the stem
Prepare a sharp knife, clippers, or shears. Cutting with an appliance that is not sharp will crush the stem and prevent water absorption
Cut at least one inch from the bottom of each stem, at a 45 degree angle, under running water or under water
Immediately place the flowers into the prepared container
When using floral foam, make sure to soak it in water mixed with floral preservatives. Check the foam is hydrated from time to time and re-soak if required
Store the flowers, in a cool and dark place. Storing in low temperatures and high humidity, between 34-38 degrees Fahrenheit and 80-90% humidity, reduces water loss and maximizes their life