The joy of receiving a stunning arrangement of flowers should not be overshadowed by a lack of knowledge in how to care for the flowers. While it is true that no two flowers are alike, maintaining the freshness of a bouquet includes key components that can be applied regardless of the type of bouquet received.
On the second day after receiving a bouquet, remove the flowers and change the water. Cut an inch off the stem of all the flowers, and remove any leaves that fall below the water line. If included, add the second flower food packet to the fresh water.
On the fourth day after receiving the bouquet, change the water again, and cut approximately ½” to an inch off the stems of the flowers.
For the best results and longest life of your flowers, keep the arrangement away from direct sunlight, heat, and drafts. While it may seem an innovative way to display your arrangement, floral bouquets should never be put atop a television; the heat that radiates from the T.V. will cause the flowers to wilt.
Many arrangements will arrive with the flowers in bud form; tulips, lilies, iris, and some roses may arrive with tight, compact buds. Do not assume the flowers are of poor quality; follow the care instructions and within a day or two, the buds will open to reveal beautiful, fresh blooms!