Bells of Ireland

Bells of IrelandConsider yourself lucky if you receive a bouquet of Bells of Ireland. This summer flower is a gorgeous accent or feature of a bouquet that represents luck. Turn your bells of Ireland into a dried arrangement that will last a long time when your bouquet is beginning to wilt away.

When you receive Bells of Ireland, it is recommended to follow the care instructions below. This will certify the flower heads are not bruised or harmed while you prepare them to be placed in a vase. This will also help your flowers bloom over the next few days.

1) Carefully un-wrap the decorative packaging from around your bouquet.

2) Cutting the stems is the next step. This is important because it opens up the flower’s pores and allows them to drink more water. Complete this task by trimming them at an angle and under water. Take off 1 inch from the stems. The reason you should cut them under water is to eliminate any air bubbles that occur from the trimming.  The angled trimming makes it easier for them to absorb the water.

3) Excess foliage that will fall below the water level should also be removed from the stems. This foliage has a tendency to muddy up the water, making it too dirty for the blossoms to drink.

4) Fill vase with room temperature water and mix it with 1 packet of flower food. You may have received flower food with the bouquet. If you did not, ask your local florist for some.

5) When the water is yellow and cloudy, or by day 3 in the vase, it is important to do the following: re-cut the stems, change the water and add another packet of food. Water changing colors means that bacteria is forming, which will cause the flowers to wilt faster.

6) Keep your Bells of Ireland away from direct sunlight, heat and drafts. The flowers will last longer if they live in a room that has a cool temperature.

7) Remove spent leaves and deadheads to keep bouquet looking fresh longer.