Sunflowers just can’t get enough sun. Their heads follow the direction of the sun throughout the day. So, ProFlowers’ Sunflowers are grown in Baja and Southern California, where the warm sun shines year-round producing big, showy sunflowers.

Upon obtaining your box of ProFlowers sunflowers, you will see they are accompanied by 2 packets of floral food and instructions on care. Follow the instructions below and the ones provided in the box and your sunflowers will bloom over the next few days.

Sunflowers have naturally arched necks and look best in a tall narrow vase. Cut the flowers so there’s only a few inches of stem that shows above the rim of the vase.

1) Gently remove the protective plastic liner from around your bouquet.

2) In one swift tug, pull the floral foam and the bag that covers it off the bottom of your bouquet. Doing it this way will help the bag catch any excess floral foam that may cause a mess. The floral foam is there to help your flowers stay fresher in transit from our fields to your home.

3) Wash the excess foam off the bottom of your stems.

4) Prune at an angle, under water about 1 inch off the stems. Cutting the stems opens up the flower’s pores, allowing them to drink water better, while the angle makes it easier to absorb the water.

5) Mix one packet of floral food and room temperature water together in a vase.

6) Remove any foliage off the stems that will drop into the water. Foliage in the water can muddy it up, as well as suck up too much water, leaving none for the blossoms.

7) Re-cut stems, change water and add second packet of flower food on day 3 or when the water has turned yellow and cloudy. Bacteria has grown in the water if it has changed colors. This bacteria will cause the flowers to wilt faster.

8) Your flowers should always be kept away from direct sunlight, heat and drafts. They will live longer if they are in a room set at a cooler temperature.

9) Remove remove exhausted flower heads and leaves to keep bouquet looking fresh longer.