LarkspurComing in a variety of vibrant colors from white to purple, larkspur is a ProFlowers favorite as an accent for arrangements. When dried, this July birthday flower keeps its saturated hues intact for a long time, making it ideal for wreaths.

Your bouquet with larkspur will come with floral food (2 packs) and instructions on caring for the flowers. These accompanying instructions and the ones below will help you care for your larkspur so it can bloom over the next day. If they look wilted upon arrival, they are simply thirsty and need to drink water for 8-12 hours to perk up.

1) The protective plastic liner wrapped around your bouquet needs to be carefully removed.

2) The bag that covers the floral foam, and the floral foam itself (used to keep your flowers fresh), both need to be removed from the bottom of your bouquet. Pull them off together in one swift tug. This will help the bag catch any excess floral foam that may cause a mess.

3) Rinse any remaining foam off the stems so they are clean.

4) Prepare a flower vase with a mixture of room temperature water and flower food. Only use one packet of food.

5) Get the flowers for vase life by removing any excess foliage on the stems that will fall below the water level. This excess foliage makes the water muddy and ends up drinking much of it so the blossoms have nothing to drink.

6) Submerge the stems under water and cut 1 inch off at an angle. This practice of cutting stems opens the flower’s pores, helping them to drink more water. Doing this under water eliminates any air bubbles that may occur (air bubbles prevent the flower from drinking).

7) To make your flowers last longer, showcase them in a room that has a cool temperature. Keep your flowering bouquet away from direct sunlight, heat and drafts.

8) It is time to re-cut the stems and change water by day 3 or when the current water is changing colors and becoming dirty (which means bacteria is growing). When you change the water, also be sure to add the second pack of floral food.

9) Detach spent leaves and deadheads and your bouquet will look fresher longer.

Note: Be conscientious of where you place these flowers. They are poisonous to both animals and humans if ingested because of the alkaloids they contain.