Roses are red, violets are blue — but only if you know how to care for them correctly. Because simply filling up a vase with water and dumping in your new, fresh flowers does not make for an enduring bouquet.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Organic Bouquet CEO Robert McLaughlin has your checklist for keeping your bouquet looking lively for longer.
1. Filling a vase up with water isn’t enough. Prepare a solution of warm water and a flower food packet, or mix 2 tbsp of fresh lemon or lime juice and 1 tbsp of sugar per quart of water. Pour the solution into the vase to within 1 to 2 ins. of the rim, and top off the water level daily.
2. Remove any leaves and foliage that would fall under the water line.
3. Cut each stem at about half an inch from the bottom, at a 45-degree angle, with a sharp single blade knife or floral clippers.
4. Keep your flowers in a cool location. Try for a temperature of 65 degrees to 72 degrees. Keep them away from direct sunlight and heat or dehumidifying sources.
5. Clean the vase, change the flower food solution and re-cut the stems every two days.
And don’t forget that flowers must be rehydrated after shipment. They will “perk up” after several hours of drinking when cared for appropriately.
In addition, if you’ve received a bouquet of roses, make sure you remove its “guard petals,” the outer layer thatkeeps the bloom tight and protects the flower during shipping. They can appear discolored or bruised, and once removed, the rose will blossom over the next few days. If you receive lilies, which will bloom over the course of several days, remove the pollen dust to avoid staining by lightly brushing with a pipe cleaner. Cut off expired lily blooms as those closer to the tip continue to open.
Organic Bouquet flowers are organically grown and are certified by such third-party agencies as USDA, Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance. The company has partnered with CarbonFund.org in a carbon offset program supporting re-forestation projects in Guatemala. Click here for more information on its eco-conscious initiatives and here to learn how Organic Bouquet is making a difference in the world.