Open your box as soon as you receive it. Flowers don’t like to be cooped up in a box. They need to be free!
Remove the biodegradable moisture wrap & bag around the base of the bouquet.
They may be slightly limp upon arrival and that's perfectly normal. They will perk right up when placed in water. Hydration can take up to 4 hours.
Choose the right vase. My rule of thumb is one that covers at least half the height of the stems.
Give your vase a good scrub with soap and hot water or diluted bleach (ratio of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water) to make sure no bacteria is hanging out to kill their buzz.
Fill your vase three-quarters of the way full and dissolve contents of the enclosed flower food packet following the directions on the packet.
Remove the outer layer of petals from each rose and discard. They may have slight browning or discoloration on arrival and this is perfectly normal. These are called the “guard petals” and are left on the rose intentionally to protect the other interior delicate petals in transit.
Recut the bottom of each stem removing at least 1/2” to your desired height. I love to stagger the height of our stems to give our arrangements a more casual and full look. So cut some a little shorter and leave some a little longer.
Be sure there is no foliage below the water line. This can cause bacteria to form in the water and will shorten the vase life of your roses.
The flowers will take up a lot of water in the first couple of days. Check the water level daily and add water as needed. Replace water every 2–3 days.
Remove older flowers as they fade.
Keep your flowers away from direct sun, drafts, and sources of heat and they’ll last longer. Or throw caution to the wind and leave them where you love them!
Garden roses are a special delicate flower and their fleeting beauty is meant to be enjoyed for 3-5 days.