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How to enjoy your flowers for longer...

At Teleflorist, we pride ourselves on delivering high quality flowers that last. Bouquets are often delivered in bud to prolong their longevity. Please be reassured that your flowers are not dying or damaged. They are delicate and sensitive and need some TLC!

Tips to make your flowers last as long as possible

  • If you've received a flower delivery and you’re not at home, give them a drink of water as soon as you can, even if that means putting them in a bucket of water. It will keep them fresh until you can get them home. If you need to travel with them, try to ensure the stems are wrapped in something wet like a paper towel covered by a plastic bag (so they don’t drip everywhere).
  • Make sure the vase is clean before filling it with water. Scrub it with washing up liquid and warm water.
  • If daffodils are mixed with other flowers, do NOT recut the daffodils, otherwise you risk the sap from the daffs poisoning the other blooms.
  • Remove stamens from lilies as the pollen can stain not only the petals but also clothes and soft furnishings if they drop. It also makes the flowers last longer. Don’t cut them just use a paper towel to pull them off.
  • Cut the stems (don’t break them) every couple of days, roughly 1” from the bottom, cutting at an angle to allow the flower to soak up more water.
  • Most cut flowers like to be kept somewhere between 18 – 22°c, away from direct light, heat or cool vents, so try to avoid putting them near radiators or air conditioners.
  • Don’t put fresh flowers near ripening fruit. The fruit releases a gas, which can age the flowers prematurely.
  • Remove any dead flowers and don’t let foliage fall below the water line as this can create bacteria and shorten the life of the flowers.
  • Keep the water fresh, replacing it every couple of days.

Rose Care - If the rose heads are dropping

  • Wrap the heads in tissue paper or kitchen roll to protect them
  • Re-cut the stems 2-3cms from the base at an angle with a sharp knife
  • Place the roses in hot water for an hour