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This Mother’s Day, extend the life of your flowers with expert floral care tips from Robert McLaughlin, CEO of Organic Bouquet, the largest online provider of eco-friendly and organic gifts.
5 Flower Care Tips from Floral Expert and Organic Bouquet CEO Robert McLaughlin:
- Top off the water level daily
- Clean the vase, change the flower food solution and re-cut the stems every two days
- Roses have an outer layer called “guard petals” that keep the bloom tight and protect the flower during shipping. They may appear discolored or bruised – simply remove these petals and the rose will blossom over the next few days.
- Lilies will bloom over the course of several days. Remove the pollen to avoid staining. Pollen dust can be removed from the flower petals by lightly brushing with a pipe cleaner. Cut off expired lily blooms as blooms closer to the tip continue to open.
- Flowers need to be rehydrated after shipment. They will “perk up” in their vase after several hours of drinking when cared for according to the instructions below.
- Prepare a solution of warm water and a flower food packet, or mix 2 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice and 1 tbsp sugar per quart of water
- Fill a vase with the solution to within 1-2 inches of the rim
- Remove any leaves and foliage that would fall under the water line
- Cut each stem at about ½ inch from the bottom, at a 45 degree angle, with a sharp single blade knife or floral clippers
- Display arrangement in a cool location between 65-72 degrees and away from direct sunlight and heat or dehumidifying sources
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