Caring for Your Flowers
Receiving your order
Processing and arranging your fresh flowers will give you a whole new appreciation for the hard work and logistics required to execute Wedding and Event design. Luckily, we take care of the first few steps for you. When we prepare your order, we are harvesting within 24 hours of pick-up, stripping the stems, and conditioning them professionally in hydrating solution before they are held in our walk-in cooler. When you receive your order, your flowers are fully hydrated and ready to be designed with.
Storing your flowers
If picking up your order, you should plan to immediately transport them to their final destination. You wouldn’t pick up fresh fruits or vegetables from the farm stand or grocery store and leave them in a hot car while you run other errands, and flowers are no different. If it’s hot outside, keep the air conditioning running in the vehicle to keep them from overheating.
Once home or on site at the event, you will want to find a cool spot for the flowers to rest while they wait to be arranged. You don’t necessarily need a cooler to hold them (flowers picked up on a Thursday or Friday prior to weekend events will open beautifully for a Saturday or Sunday event) but you do want a cool and somewhat dark place for them. A basement, garage, or shady barn is perfect - somewhere between 40-60 degrees is ideal.
If you are using a cooler or refrigerator, take care to set the temperature at 40 degrees and position the flowers away from the walls/doors, as well as any fans. Home refrigerators are especially likely to have cold spots or run colder than advisable for fresh flowers, and you can easily burn your flowers with frost in cooler that is set very low or has uneven spots. Because of the somewhat fickle nature of refrigerators, we suggest bypassing them entirely and simply just letting them rest in a cool but not cold location until they are needed. Never put your flowers in a freezer.
Some flowers are highly sensitive to ethylene gas produced by ripening fruits and vegetables and this may cause them to shatter or age prematurely. Berries, apples, melons, and tomatoes are all examples of produce that respire quickly and should not be stored near flowers. This is another reason that a home refrigerator is not always a good place to store flowers.
Using Your Flowers
You will want to have clean, sharp pruners or shears to give your flowers a fresh cut at a 45 degree angle when designing your vase arrangements.
Take care to fill your vases all the way with fresh water so all of your stems can drink. If you are creating hand tied bouquets, give them their own vase and allow them to drink water up until they are used and in between uses. Remember that even on very hot days, conditioned flowers can still wilt and some are more sensitive than others. Vase arrangements should be positioned out of the sun if possible and away from the heat magnifying effects of any windows for best results.
A Note on Flower Longevity
Freshly cut, locally grown flowers have a huge advantage over imports in that they have not gone through a long supply chain of multiple countries, cities, planes, and trucks to arrive in your hands. However, there are some flower cultivars we grow and love for event work that are so wonderful because of their ephemeral nature and will not last beyond 3-4 days even with the best care. Dinnerplate Dahlias, Poppies, and Sweet Peas are good examples of flowers that we grow for event work that can but do not typically achieve a 7 day vase life. Our event designers love these blooms because they have to be sourced locally and add that special touch for their lush, garden-inspired designs. Keep this in mind if you choose to add on these premium items to your order.