When ProFlowers Asiatic lilies are shipped to you directly from the grower, they are at their freshest point, almost ready to bloom. When you receive these flowers that are grown year round, they will arrive in bud form and in the next few days will open to reveal their beautiful variegated petals.
Accompanied with your bouquet of Asiatic lilies are 2 packets of floral food and instructions on caring for the flowers. Follow the instructions below and the ones provided in the box and your Asiatic lilies will bloom over the next 3-4 days.
1) Un-wrap the protective plastic liner from around your lily bouquet. Do this with caution so as not to bruise your flowers.
2) In one swift tug, pull the floral foam and the bag that covers it, off the bottom of your bouquet. Pulling the foam at the same time as the bag will help catch any excess foam that may cause a mess. Our floral foam helps to keep your flowers fresher while they are traveling from our fields to your home.
3) Clean the bottom of your stems by removing any leftover foam.
4) In a vase put room temperature water and mix it with 1 packet of flower food. Your flowers are thirsty and need to drink water for 8-12 hours. After hydrating, they will perk up.
5) Excess foliage might be present at the bottom of the stems, which will fall below the water line. If so, remove this foliage to help keep the water clean.
6) Before you place your new bouquet in the vase, the stems need to be trimmed. To trim your stems, do so while they are under water. Cut off around an inch and do it at an angle. This will make it easier for the flowers to drink the water and will also eliminate any air bubble that would normally prevent the flowers from drinking.
7) The flowers will last longer and look fresher if they live in a room that has a cool temperature, no direct sunlight, heat and/or drafts.
8) To keep pollen from getting on your furniture or staining your clothes, remove the stamens/anthers from the lily once it opens up. This can be done by using a wet paper towel to gently remove them. If pollen gets on your clothes, use tape to remove it.
9) Re-cut stems, change water and add second packet of flower food on day 3 or when the water is beginning to become yellow and cloudy. If the water is starting to change colors, this is an indication that bacteria has grown in the water. This bacteria will cause the flowers to wilt faster.
10) Remove spent leaves and deadheads to keep bouquet looking fresh longer.
Keep in mind, lilies are toxic for animals to ingest, particularly dogs and cats. So place these beautiful flowers where they will not accidentally be eaten by them.