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FLOWER CARE GUIDE 

 
Receiving fresh flowers is one of life's pleasures and the best gift you can receive. Flowers are a perishable, natural product that will react to their immediate indoor environment and external weather conditions, so with a little preparation and consideration you can increase the pleasure of your flowers and gain extra life from them to enjoy for longer. 
 
 

Caring:

 
 

Specialty care:

 
 

CARE

  FOR CUT FLOWERS & BOUQUETS:

  • fill vase with lukewarm water and add flower food supplied, ensure vase is clean to avoid bacteria
  • trim 2cm off base of stems, cut on an angle with sharp scissors and remove all leaves below water surface
  • avoid direct sunlight, heat or draughts which can shorten the flowers' lives (18 - 22 degrees is the ideal temperature)
  • keep away from ripened fruit as the ethylene gas emitted by them shortens longevity of flowers
  • top up water regularly, or change water if cloudy.
  • remove spent blooms as they occur
 
FOR ARRANGEMENTS:
 
  • avoid direct sunlight, heat or draughts which can shorten the flowers' lives (18 - 22 degrees is the ideal temperature)
  • keep away from ripened fruit as this may shorten longevity of flowers
  • never let the oasis (green foam) dry out, top up water regularly
  • remove spent blooms as they occur
 
FOR WEDDING BOUQUETS:
 
  • keep wedding bouquets in packaging as long as possible to allow stems to drink
  • avoid heat or draughts
  • transport in packaging if possible and take along hand towels to towel dry stems
  • handle bouquets gently, avoid rough handling through the day
  • avoid placing bouquets on surfaces as much as possible to avoid bruising
 
For Wedding Bouquets in preparation for flower preservation.
 
  • keep wedding bouquets in packaging as long as possible to allow stems to drink
  • avoid heat or draughts
  • transport in packaging if possible and take along hand towels to towel dry stems
  • handle bouquets gently, avoid rough handling through the day
  • avoid placing bouquets on surfaces as much as possible to avoid bruising
  • ensure bouquet is placed back into original packaging with water source (can be carefully packed into fridge between 4 to 7 degrees in jug of water to keep fresh, avoid placing towards the back of fridge where freezing sometimes occurs - NEVER freeze your bouquets as this will kill them!)
  • return bouquet to store next business day with application form & packaging/freight fee, Lillypad will package & arrange freight to Sydney for your flower preservation.
 
 
FOR BUTTONHOLES/CORSAGES:
 
  • keep in packaging in cool area of home until required to be worn
  • attach firmly to clothing with pins supplied, generally with stems pointing down
  • when worn, avoid close contact hugs as they may bruise or damage blooms
 
 

SPECIALTY CARE

 

FOR ROSES:

 
  • remove water phials once home if you have received a flat box of roses
  • trim 2cm off stems cut on an angle with a sharp knife or scissors and remove all leaves below water surface
  • scald the bottom of stems in boiling water for 30 seconds
  • fill vase with lukewarm water and add flower food
  • recut stems if roses begin to wilt
 
FOR LILIUMS:
 
  • fill vase with lukewarm water and add flower food supplied, ensure vase is clean to avoid bacteria
  • trim 2cm off base of stems, cut on an angle with sharp scissors and remove all leaves below water surface
  • avoid direct sunlight, heat or draughts which can shorten the flowers' lives (18 - 22 degrees is the ideal temperature)
  • keep away from ripened fruit as the ethylene gas emitted by them shortens longevity of flowers
  • top up water regularly, or change water if cloudy.
  • to avoid pollen stains on furnishing, you may remove pollens once blooms open enough to fit your fingers in
  • pollen stains on furnishing can be removed with cello tape or light wiping with a DRY cleaning towel
 
WARNING All parts of Liliums especially the petals and pollen can be deadly for cats and dogs if consumed, keep completely away from pets if you have received them as a gift.
 
 
FOR GERBERAS:
 
  • fill vase with lukewarm water and add flower food supplied, ensure vase is clean to avoid bacteria
  • trim 2cm off base of stems, cut on an angle with sharp scissors and remove all leaves below water surface
  • avoid direct sunlight, heat or draughts which can shorten the flowers' lives (18 - 22 degrees is the ideal temperature)
  • keep away from ripened fruit as the ethylene gas emitted by them shortens longevity of flowers
  • gerberas prefer clean water, change the water every couple of days.
  • they slowly continue to grow in length, recut stems every few days to assist with longevity
 
FOR TULIPS:
 
  • fill vase with lukewarm water and add flower food supplied, ensure vase is clean to avoid bacteria
  • trim 2cm off base of stems, cut on an angle with sharp scissors and remove all leaves below water surface
  • avoid direct sunlight, heat or draughts which can shorten the flowers' lives (18 - 22 degrees is the ideal temperature)
  • keep away from ripened fruit as the ethylene gas emitted by them shortens longevity of flowers
  • top up water regularly as tulips drink plenty of water
  • turn tulips regularly as they continue to grow towards a light source
 
FOR NATIVES:
 
  • fill vase with lukewarm water and add flower food supplied, ensure vase is clean to avoid bacteria
  • trim 2cm off base of stems, cut on an angle with sharp scissors and remove all leaves below water surface
  • avoid direct sunlight, heat or draughts which can shorten the flowers' lives (18 - 22 degrees is the ideal temperature)
  • keep away from ripened fruit as the ethylene gas emitted by them shortens longevity of flowers
  • top up water regularly as natives drink plenty of water
 
FOR TROPICALS / ORCHIDS:
 
  • fill vase with lukewarm water and add flower food supplied, ensure vase is clean to avoid bacteria
  • trim 2cm off base of stems, cut on an angle with sharp scissors and remove all leaves below water surface
  • avoid direct sunlight, heat or draughts which can shorten the flowers' lives
  • keep away from ripened fruit as the ethylene gas emitted by them shortens longevity of flowers
  • top up water regularly, or change water if cloudy
  • regularly mist flowers with a fine spray