Flower Care and Handling
When you order flowers directly from the farm, the flowers may arrive looking different than what you are used to seeing in a flower shop or supermarket. This is true whether you are ordering bulk flowers to arrange yourself or whether you are ordering a bouquet. The reason for this is that flowers sent from the farm are significantly fresher (and will last much longer) than flowers bought at traditional retail (for a detailed description of why this is so, please visit our Farm Direct Difference page).
General Care & Handling Tips
For most flowers these general care & handling tips will ensure to keep them in their best shape! There are some blooms that require a little more TLC and so you can find our care and handling tips for these listed below.
On arrival, you’ll want to quickly unpack the blooms. Don’t be alarmed if they look a little tired from their journey. They just need some time in water to perk up.
Carefully remove the blooms from their packaging. Using sharp shears, give each stem a cut at a diagonal. You’ll want to trim off at least 1” off each stem.
Immediately place the flowers in a clean vase or container with room temperature water. Remove any foliage that falls below the water line (this helps to keep the water clean).
Keep the flowers out of direct sunlight and away from any drafts or heat sources. You’ll want to keep an eye on the water level as some flowers can drink a lot and you may need to refill the vase.
If you’re arranging flowers for a wedding or event, you’ll want to fully hydrate your flowers before you start arranging them into centerpieces and bouquets.
For the best vase life, you’ll want to recut and change the water every 1-2 days.
If you have any questions, you can always email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we would be happy to help!
Here’s to long vase life and many days of enjoyment!
Specific Flower Care & Handling:
You’ll want to follow our general care and handling tips, but callas should be put in only 1” to 1.5” of water. Callas do best in a low level of water. (too much will cause the stems to turn soft too quickly).
See our dahlia care and handling blog post that provides detailed tips and examples images
Contrary to our advice for almost all other flowers, we advise that you DO NOT trim the stems of hyacinth flowers. Upon delivery, you should hydrate the flowers by placing them directly into cold tap water. Like other bulb flowers, the hyacinths will continue to grow and the stems will bend (towards sunlight and due to the weight of the blossoms). To keep them upright, be sure to put them in a vase or container where the bloom heads are fully supported. When cutting the stems to use in centerpieces or bouquets, we recommend wearing gloves if you have sensitive skin. The sap can be irritating for some people.
See our hydrangea blog post that provides detailed tips and examples images including steps to reviving wilted hydrangeas.
If you're not familiar with how peonies ship, you can read all about it here. Peonies arrive in bud form and you can read our detailed tips here on how to care for these beautiful blooms, including tips for getting them to open faster or slow down the blooming process.
Roses and Garden Roses
Roses have just a few extra steps we recommend to keep them looking their best. See our rose care blog post for details and example photos.
Ranunculus have hollow stems so they are more delicate and need gentle handling. See our ranunculus care blog post for tips on how to keep ranunculus looking their best.
See our tulip care and handling blog post that provides detailed tips and examples images including how to speed up or slow down the blooming process.