5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Flowers from Organic Bouquet CEO Robert McLaughlin

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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:
  1. Top off the water level daily
  2. Clean the vase, change the flower food solution and re-cut the stems every two days
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
Organic Bouquet CEO Robert McLaughlin is an expert on green business, the organic floral industry, using responsible growing practices and the benefits of buying organic, as well as the company’s eco-conscious and mission-based initiatives on farms in Haiti, Ecuador and Colombia.

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