Flower Care Guide
A Guide to Keeping Flowers Fresh
The joy of receiving a stunning arrangement of flowers should not be overshadowed by a lack of knowledge in how to care for the flowers. While it is true that no two flowers are alike, maintaining the freshness of a bouquet includes key components that can be applied regardless of the type of bouquet received.
How to Make Flowers last Longer
- If your flowers came in plastic, remove this as soon as possible. Place loose stems or wrapped bouquets of fresh flowers in your water mixture as soon as possible.
- Keep your vase filled with water! All flower and foliage stems should be submerged. Flowers stay fresher, longer when they can get a drink!
- Immediately remove dead or wilting leaves and stems from fresh flower arrangements.
- After carefully removing the good flowers, clean the vase thoroughly with soapy water to remove any bacteria that could cause the fresh flowers to deteriorate even quicker. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
- Replace the water and mix in the flower preservative provided by DGM Flowers, according to the instructions on the packet.
- Watch your water. When it gets cloudy it’s time to change it out.
- For best results, cut stems with a sharp knife at an angle about one to two inches from the bottom. This allows them to better absorb water. Do not use scissors to cut your flowers because they can crush the stems and prevent water absorption.
- If your flowers came in a basket or other container with foam, add fresh water every day.
- Do not place your arrangement near fruit or in the path of cigarette smoke. The ethylene gas is detrimental to many flower types.
- Avoid placing flower arrangements in windowsills and other areas with full sun where flowers can wilt due to overheating. Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.
- Keep fresh flowers away from drafts and extreme temperatures, which can quickly dry out the flowers and cause wilting.
DGM Complete Guide to Caring for Flowers and Plants
All Tulips Arrangement:
- Trim your tulips: Remove the tulips from the vase. Empty the vase and fill with fresh water about 3/4 of the way up. Carefully cut off any foliage such as sprouts and leaves from the stems. Only cut the foliage off from the part of the stem that will be submerged in water. Cut about 1 inch off the bottom of each stem and immediately place the tulips into the water. Always cut at an angle to give as much surface area to drink from.
- Find their dream home: Keep your tulips away from direct sunlight and radiators (they’ll dehydrate your stems) and fruit (it releases gases that’ll make them fade).
- Change their water: Tulips don’t like drinking dirty water, so refresh your vase every three to four days and re-trim your stems 1 inch off the bottom of each stem to encourage continued water uptake. Tulips, like all flowers, use water to prop-up their stems. Change the water as needed.
BOX FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS
Caring for Your Boxed Flower Arrangements: A Guide to Prolonged Freshness
Boxed flower arrangements are not only a popular trend but also a graceful and modern way to present and enjoy the beauty of blooms. In order to make the most of your lovely arrangement, here are some essential care instructions to maintain their vibrancy and freshness:
Proper Placement: Keep your boxed flower arrangement in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources, which can cause the flowers to wilt quickly.
Water Wisely: If the arrangement comes with a floral foam, ensure it remains moist by adding water daily. Use a syringe or a small watering can to carefully add water to the foam without drenching the flowers.
Pruning: Gently remove any wilted or brown petals and leaves to maintain the arrangement's aesthetic appeal and to prevent the spread of decay to other blooms.
Avoid Ethylene Exposure: Keep the arrangement away from fruits and vegetables as they release ethylene gas, which can accelerate the wilting process of the flowers.
Maintain Humidity: If possible, increase the humidity around the flowers by occasionally misting them lightly with water, especially in dry environments.
Handle with Care: Since the arrangement is boxed, the stems are not visible. Avoid shaking or tilting the box to prevent potential damage to the stems or blooms.
Personal Touch: Feel free to add a personal touch to your arrangement by occasionally rearranging the flowers or adding new blooms to refresh the display.
By following these tips, your boxed flower arrangement can remain vibrant and beautiful for a longer period, allowing you to enjoy the captivating allure of fresh flowers in your space. Remember, a little attention goes a long way in maintaining the freshness and beauty of your floral arrangement.
BIRTHDAY CAKE ARRANGEMENT
Birthday Cake Flower Arrangement:
- Hydration is Key: Upon arrival, gently run the arrangement under water to fully saturate the oasis(the sponge-like material holding the flowers). Proper hydration ensures long-lasting vibrancy.
- Keep Cool: Place the arrangement away from direct sunlight and heat to maintain freshness.
- Refresh Every Few Days: Rehydrate every 2-3 days by running it under a gentle stream of water to keep the oasis soaked.
- Simply Enjoy: Lastly, savor the beauty of your Birthday Cake Flower Arrangement! 🍰🌸
All Rose Globes:
Real Flowers, Guaranteed to last at least 3 months with care and up to 8 months.
Keep away from direct sunlight and heat
The rose is In an environmental solution of water with small amount of vinegar and bleach…. CAN be disposed of down a sink when necessary.
When water becomes murky or the flower fades, remove the base over a sink to release the water, detach the flowers from the “frog” on the bottom and discard it.
Glass orb can be reused or rejected.
Orchid Plant & Other Plants:
Proper Watering of Orchids and other "Plant Arrangements"
Our plant arrangements are made in decorative containers that do not have drainage holes in the bottom. It is not sufficient to water the surface and assume that the plants are well watered if the surface is damp. They may be bone dry at the bottom where most of the roots are!
There are only two ways to know if the root mass is thoroughly wet:
Use a plant moisture meter.
Drench the arrangement then tip it to allow excess water to drain out.
If you do not have a moisture meter, we will describe the "drench and drain" method:
Plunge the arrangement into a receptacle of water for 10 seconds, or water it from the top in a sink or outdoors until it seems soaked.
Tip it for 15 seconds to allow all excess water to drain out.
If no water drains out, repeat steps 1 & 2.
Your plant arrangement is now thoroughly watered. In most cases it will not need watering again for a week to ten days. However, many factors affect this, including the nature of the potting mix, temperature, air movement and light level. You should observe your arrangement and watch for signs that it needs water, such as visible wilting, or the weight when you lift it. (Water is heavy, so it will feel lighter when it is dry.) This is where your "green thumb" comes into play!
Never place live plants on a surface that can be damaged by moisture!
Let us know if you are not completely satisfied with your plant arrangement. We guarantee plants for one week. They require proper care, so we cannot be responsible for problems reported after one week.
PEACE LILY PLANTS
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) Care Tips:
If you’re looking for suggestions on how to care for a peace lily, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out more about peace lily care below.
Light: Peace lilies prefer light partial shade, and can tolerate fluorescent lights. In fact, some have been known to thrive in rooms with no windows at all. Yellowing leaves indicate that the light is too strong, and brown leaves or streaks indicate scorching from direct sunlight. Consider placing the plant six to eight feet away from a north- or west-facing window.
Water: If you’re wondering how often to water a peace lily, one tip is to wait for the plant to droop slightly before watering. One of the great advantages in caring for the peace lily is the fact that it sags a bit when it needs water, essentially telling you when it’s thirsty. In general, water at least once a week and keep the soil moist. Throughout the summer growing season, spritz the leaves with soft or distilled water. Water your plant less often in winter.
Even if you you forgot to water for a while and find your plant completely depleted with fronds flat over the pot edge, water and spritz right away. You may be surprised at how quickly the peace lily revives.
Peace lilies can be sensitive to chlorine. If your municipal water system is heavily chlorinated, fill a container with water and then allow it to stand overnight so the chlorine can percolate out before pouring into the peace lily.
Temperatures: The peace lily makes a great house plant because it thrives in the indoor temperatures most people enjoy. It prefers a temperature range of 65-85°F and humid climates. Peace lilies cannot withstand cold drafts or temperatures below 45°F. Its best to keep them indoors most of the year and displayed away from any heating or cooling home appliances.
Toxicity: From the spathiphyllum family, peace lilies aren’t true lilies (Liliaceae) and therefore don’t pack the toxic punch that genuine lilies do. Although, they are poisonous to both cats and dogs alike because they contain calcium oxalate. Peace lilies should be kept away from animals and small children. Being educated about the risks will help you avoid any accidents. Take a look at our poisonous plants guide for more information.
Pests and Problems: Compared to other house plants, the peace lily is relatively immune to insects and diseases. While they can get spider mites, aphids and mealybugs, owners generally keep these pests under control with regular wiping of the leaves. If pests invade, spray plant with insecticidal soap.
Brown leaf tips can stem from everything from over-watering, over-fertilizing and lack of humidity. Learn to follow your plant’s signals. If leaves are browning at the bottom of the plant, it could just mean these older leaves can’t compete with the more rapidly growing younger leaves.
The peace lily wins the “easy” label for four reasons. First, it sags when it needs water and revives quickly after a long drink. Second, it thrives in low light conditions. Third, the peace lily is very resilient. An insect infestation or a few missed waterings may make it wilt and pale, but it bounces back quickly. Finally, with sufficient care and occasional wiping of its leaves, the peace lily doesn’t seem to be the insect magnet that roses and other house plants are.
If you’re ready to give the no-fuss peace lily a go and purify the air you’re breathing, take a look at our offerings here.