Flower Guide

Jul 30th 2019


  • It is important to keep fresh flowers in water at all times as they continue to "drink" water even after they are cut. Exposure to air — even for a brief time — may cause the water-absorbing cells in the stem to shrivel and seal over. This can dramatically shorten the life of your floral bouquet.
  • Every day, add fresh, room temperature water properly mixed with flower food provided with your floral bouquet. Carefully follow the directions on your flower food packet; the treated water shouldn´t be too diluted or too cloudy.
  • Conditioning water with "home remedies" such as aspirin, bleach, mouthwash or lemon-lime soda in lieu of flower food is not beneficial and may even shorten the longevity of your flowers. Most wilted flowers can be revived by submerging the entire stem up to the flower head in warm water for 10 minutes. 


  • Every few days, re-cut fresh flower stems diagonally under running water (ideally with a knife rather than scissors). Trimming flower stems at an angle prevents them from sitting flat on the bottom of the vase, which can block water uptake.
  • A common myth suggests cutting the stem vertically to allow more water absorption. No scientific proof supports this myth. In fact, cutting stems vertically destroys the cell structure, causing bacteria growth and hindering water absorption.


  • Remove any leaves that may be submerged in the water in your vase. These will rot and create bacteria, which can shorten the life of your floral bouquet.
  • Some flowers will bloom quickly, others slowly. Over time, prune away dead blossoms, as this will encourage other blooms to open. Asflowerswither, you may want to remove them from the floral bouquet and move the remaining blooms to a smaller vase.


  • Display your flowers in a place protected from heat-generating appliances, direct sunlight and drafts such as fans. High temperatures and sunlight causeflowersto mature at a faster rate, which can shorten the lifespan of your bouquet.


  • For those with allergies or sensitivities to flower fragrance, the best non-fragrant options are tropical flowers such as orchids, anthurium, birds of paradise or other tropical varieties. Oriental lilies, particularly Stargazer lilies, are strongly fragranced and should be avoided. Some of our Passion Rose varieties are fragrance free or slightly fragranced, including the Passion™ for Romance Rose Bouquet, and Passion™ for Friendship Rose Bouquet.
  • Varieties that are particularly toxic to animals include lilies, palms, tulip bulbs, narcissus bulbs, azaleas, rhododendrons, cyclamens, kalanchoes, amaryllises, chrysanthemums, English ivy and peace lilies.


Roses are possibly the most beloved of all flowers. Yourroses may arrive with guard petals surrounding the outside of the blooms. These petals are left on to protect the blooms during shipment and should be removed to increase the beauty of yourrose bouquet. Roses are thirsty flowers, so check them daily to make sure they have enough water. If a rose wilts and becomes limp, remove it from the bouquet and re-cut the stem under running water. Re-hydrate the flower in room temperature water mixed with flower food (provided with your bouquet) until the rose bloom becomes firm. The rose can then be returned to the bouquet.


Red, White, Pink, Fuchsia, Lavender, Jade, Cream, Peach, Yellow, Orange, Burgundy and plenty of bi-colored varieties.

There are three main types of lilies: Asiatic, Oriental and LA Hybrid.Asiatic lilies tend to have smaller blooms, but come in a vast array of colors. Oriental lilies have large blooms, a stronger fragrance and tend to last longer than other varieties. LA hybrid lilies have medium-sized blooms and tend to outlast Asiatic lilies. As blooms unfold, be careful not to touch the pollen on the flowers' anthers because it can stain upholstery and clothing. To prevent this from happening, some people choose to remove the pollen by carefully wiping it off with a tissue, or they clip off and discard the anthers altogether. If pollen does get on fabric, let it dry in the sun then try lifting it with cellophane tape, a cotton swab or a soft cloth. You can also try a household fabric stain remover or dry cleaning. Never wipe it with water as that will set the stain.


White, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Burgundy and plenty of
bi-colored varieties

Dramatic but delicate tropical flowers such as birds of paradise and anthurium will last the longest in moderate room temperatures. Many tropical flowers drink in water not only from their stems but also directly through their blooms. Therefore, in addition to keeping them properly hydrated, you should also mist them with cool water, especially upon arrival.



Available in a bright variety of hues, these beautiful and cheerfully colored flowers are known to drink in lots of water, so be sure to check them daily. They are also sensitive to fluoride, so you may want to use distilled water. Your Gerbera daisies may arrive with a protective sleeve or "cap" on the bloom and a straw around each stem. These are used by growers to protect the flowers during transportation. Carefully remove the caps, but for added support leave the straws on the stems for the first 4-5 hours, during initial hydration.Gerbera daisies love fresh water, so re-cut their stems every few days.


White, Red, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Peach, Fuchsia and some bi-colored varieties.

The picture of elegance, these unique flowers can bloom in either full or miniature sizes and also in a variety of colors. Calla lilies should be handled delicately as the blooms tend to bruise easily. Also, once the blooms are cut, they will no longer unfold; therefore, the best, most costly calla lilies are the ones cut at the peak of blossoming. When cut, the stem of the calla lily tends to curl up. To prevent air from coming into the stem, place an elastic band around each lily stem during the first hour of hydration.


White, Yellow, Flame Orange, Plum, Lavender, Pink, Green
and Peach.

Orchids are the most complex, advanced and successful family of flowers on the planet, with approximately 25,000 species occurring naturally throughout the world. Orchids are sensitive to sun, heat and drafts, so be sure and display your orchid arrangement away from direct sunlight, heat-generating appliances and fans. Since orchids drink in water not only from their stems but also directly through their blooms, you should also mist them with cool water, especially upon arrival.


White, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Burgundy and plenty of
bi-colored varieties.