Mixed bouquets are a common floral gift to give for any occasion. But with so many different flowers and plants used in these kinds of arrangements, it may be hard to know how to properly care for them so they have the longest vase life possible.
If your bouquet contains flowers like hyacinth, freesia, filler flowers like waxflowers, or bupleurum, and greenery accents such as ruscus, eucalyptus, or ferns, the simple care instructions below will help you get the most life out of your mixed bouquet. If you mixed arrangement is made up of flowers you would like more specific care information on, like roses, lilies and chrysanthemums, then visit those flower care guides for more detailed instructions.
Upon receiving your mixed bouquet, you will find it is paired with 2 packets of floral food and instructions on caring for the flowers. Your flowers are thirsty and need to drink water for a few hours to perk up and begin to blossom. Follow the instructions below and the ones provided in the box and your bouquet will bloom over the next day or two.
1) Carefully un-wrap the protective plastic liner from around your bouquet.
2) Pull the bag that covers the floral foam, and the floral foam itself, off the bottom of your bouquet in one swift tug. This will help the bag catch any excess floral foam that may cause a mess. The floral foam helps to keep your flowers fresh in transit from our fields to your home.
3) Rinse any excess foam off the bottom of your stems.
4) Strip excess foliage off of stems that will fall below the water level. This excess foliage can muddy up water, or it can suck up too much water, leaving none for the actual blossoms.
5) While the stems are submerged under water, cut at an angle 1 inch off of them. Cutting the stems opens up the flower’s pores and allows them to drink water. The reason you should cut them under water is to eliminate any air bubbles that may occur (air bubbles prevent the flower from drinking). The angle makes it easier to absorb the water.
6) Fill vase with room temperature water and mix it with 1 packet of flower food.
7) Re-cut stems, change water and add second packet of flower food on day 3 or when the water is turning yellow and cloudy. If the water is starting to change colors, this means that bacteria is growing in the water, which will cause the flowers to wilt faster.
8) The flowers will last longer if they live in a room that has a cool temperature. Keep your mixed bouquets away from direct sunlight, heat and drafts.
9) Remove spent leaves and deadheads to keep bouquet looking fresh longer.