If your reading this chances are you’ve had a Valentine’s gift today, hopefully delivered by your local Bicester florist ~ Signature Flowers.
Nearly all our Valentine’s gifts will arrive aqua-packed, in a gift box with a water bubble for freshness and to allow your recipient to enjoy them stress free wherever they are when they are delivered. Whilst you can leave your bouquet like this and add water when required, we’d definitely recommend removing them from the packaging and following our simple instructions to prolong the vase life of your flowers.
Take a look at your bouquet whilst it’s still packaged and figure out what vase you’d like to put it in, or vases if you’d like to break them down and enjoy them around the house.
Before you fill your vase we’d recommend giving it a quick wash with some bleach to get rid of any bacteria that might be lingering. Once you’ve done this rinse it thoroughly and fill the vase around 2/3 full with fresh water.
We provide cut flower food with your hand-tied. Look for this on the back of the box – it’s there with our business card (put that somewhere safe for your next order!)
Empty the sachet of flower food into the clean water, this provides nutrients that will extend the vase life of your flowers. The vase is now ready for your flowers.
Do the next bit over the sink – cut a small incision in the water bubble and drain the water out. Then remove all the gift wrap. Beneath this your flowers will be tied together with string. Lay the tied bouquet on the side of the sink and grab a pair of scissors – not your sharpest ‘best’ ones though!
We’d suggest taking off around 1inch (3cm) from each stem and cutting this on an angle. This allows the flowers to absorb water again properly. If you leave the string in place the bouquet will remain as we’ve made it, if you remove it you will get a fuller, looser arrangement in your vase.
Finally remove any leaves that will end up in water – we don’t want leaves in the water. Now pop your flowers in the vase and place them somewhere you can enjoy them, ideally away from a radiator / heat source, a draft, or the fruit bowl – ripening fruit produces a gas that flowers don’t like!
Please keep the water fresh, tip the old away and add new, every couple of days.
Enjoy them! Emma x