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Flower & Plant Care

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We at RedPetal want you to enjoy the flowers we provide so we hope these care tips and instructions will assist you in gaining extra life and pleasure from your flowers.

Please contact the RedPetal team with any questions about flower care and we will be happy to help you.

Please note flower care instructions and a sachet of flower food are delivered with every order.

Caring for cut flowers

  • Fill a deep vase with lukewarm water and add the flower food we have provided. Ensure the vase is clean, as bacteria harms flowers.
  • Re-cut all stems of your bouquet approximately 2cm, making a slanted cut with a sharp knife or very sharp scissors and remove leaves that will fall below the waterline.
  • If your flowers come with a vase, remove from wrapping and top up as required when your flowers reach their destination.
  • Avoid direct sunlight, heat or draughts which can shorten flowers' lives and keep flowers away from fruit which emit gases that also shorten the life of a cut flower.
  • Change the water regularly or when it becomes polluted, add flower food in proportion and remove faded flowers as they occur.

Caring for arrangements

  • Mix the Flower Food with water and pour into the vase or bowl supplied with the flowers.
  • Remember to protect your furniture by placing something under the arrangement.
  • Never let the oasis (green foam) dry out. Remember to add water to the oasis daily.

Specialty flower care

For roses

  • Cut and scald the bottom of the stem of the roses in boiling water for approximately 30 seconds before placing them in a clean vase of fresh water to which you have added the Flower Food.
  • Refresh the vase and water daily. If roses begin to wilt, re-cut the stems.
  • If you have received your flowers in water vials, they can be left in the water vials until you arrive home, but cut the stems before placing in water.

For tropical flowers (blooms include: Heliconia, Orchids, Anthuriums)

  • A regular misting with a fine spray and a wipe over with a damp cloth will ensure your tropical flowers retain their glossy foliage.

For lilums

  • To prevent pollen stains, remove stamens by gently pulling them up out of the flower with a tissue, do this as soon as the bloom opens.
  • Pollen stains can be brushed off or capture the pollen with cellotape & remove.
  • If pollen gets into the fabric, treat as you would an-oil based stain.

For tulips

  • Tulips continue to grow after they are cut, stretching towards a light source.
  • Turn your vase occasionally to ensure an even growth of your tulips.
  • Never mix tulips and daffodils as daffodils emit sap which can contaminate the water.
  • Add water regularly - tulips are a thirsty lot!

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