Care and Handling – Foliage
Please have someone available to receive and process the boxes on the delivery date.
Upon arrival of your premium foliage, uncover the box. It is normal for your foliage to appear dehydrated and thirsty. Their appearance will change once they have hydrated. Follow our care and handling tips to insure full hydration and a long shelf life for your enjoyment.
- Cut stems 1 inch on a 45-degree angle. Always cut fresh foliage with a sharp knife. Scissors or a dull knife can crush the stem of the foliage and reduce the amount of water that can reach the stem. When you are cutting the stem place the knife on an angle and slice through the stem. This creates a point at the end of the stem, which maximizes the amount of water that can reach the leaves. It is always most beneficial to cut foliage under water so that the hydration process is smooth.
- Arrange your foliage along with the blooms you have chosen in a vase with a minimum of 6 inches of water. Mix the package of flower food with the water.
- Place the foliage in a cool room in a container or vase of your choice.
- To prolong the vase life of your arrangement, recut the stems ½ inch, clean the vase and replace its water every three days.
- Never place your arrangement where there might be a warm draft, such as, the top of a refrigerator or beside a heating vent. Fresh flowers last longer when they are at room temperature or lower.
Flower-Foliage Food Tip
You can also easily make your own flower food. Follow the steps below and you will give your flowers added shelf life. This homemade flower food mix can be used for all flowers.
- Pour clean fresh water in the container or vase of your choice.
- To prevent the water from developing bacteria, add 1-2 caps of household bleach to the water.
- For its nourishment, add 2 tablespoons of table sugar to the water. .
- In addition, 1 Tablespoon of lemon or lime juice provides citric acid which also provides nourishment for your blooms.