We want you to have the maximum enjoyment from your floral gift. Following these simple instructions will help it to last longer, in better condition.

Handle with Care
Some flowers and foliage may be toxic or cause skin irritation. Take care when handling them (washing hands carefully afterwards) and keep them away from children and pets.

Be careful not to place flowers or plants directly onto unprotected surfaces or electrical equipment, as they may contain water.

Flowers should be kept in a cool location, away from sunlight, direct heat or draughts. Use the flower food provided and keep them topped up with fresh water.


Take care when removing any packaging, especially cellophane. This often contains water, which the florist has added to keep the flowers fresh (in which case you should pierce the packaging and drain the water into the sink).

If the flowers are tied, be careful not to cut the tie. They have been specially arranged and are ready to go straight in a vase – untying them may spoil the arrangement.

Cut the stems of the flowers – use a sharp knife if possible (scissors may crush the stems) and cut the stems at an angle, about 3/4” above the end.

Next, place the flowers in deep water for an hour prior to arranging them in a vase of clean water (with flowers food if available). This will ensure that the flowers last as long as possible.


If a rose head starts to ‘flop’, wrap the stem in paper to help straighten it, recut the stem and plunge into 2” of boiling water for a minute. Then remove from hot water and place into deep water. This should help revive it.


The pollen from lily stamens can cause serious stains in clothing and damage wooden surfaces. You should remove any stamens carefully.

Baskets and containers

Where the flowers are arranged in foam, you should top up the container daily with sufficient water to keep the foam moist.

Candles and decoration

Some arrangements may contain candles, fresh fruit or other decorative items. These are intended purely for display – fruit should not be eaten (in case it contains harmful fixatives) and candles should not be lit (in case they fall over or are placed near inflammable material.


Most plants enjoy the light – but not direct sunlight. They also enjoy a consistent temperature – Keep them away from draughts, cold and direct heat.

Tropical and foliage plants flourish in a warm location – and will need to be fed every two weeks during spring/summer. Keep the soil moist, but avoid over watering (especially in winter, when there is little growth).

Flowering plants need to be watered more regularly. During flowering, you should water daily to keep the soil moist and feed every fortnight.

Planted bowls should be kept at a constant temperature with good light. Keep them moist (without being waterlogged) and feed once a fortnight in Spring/Summer.

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