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- Gift Baskets
Flower Care for vase or basket arrangements
•Keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food provided by your local florist. Flower foods make flowers last longer but it is important to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. Most flower food packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of water. Flower foods packets should not be diluted with more water than is specified on the packet.
•If the flower food packet solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely with properly mixed flower food packet solution. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife or scissors. Be sure to use a sharp knife or scissors that will not crush the stems. Immediately place the flower stems into the flower food solution.
•Keep flower arrangements in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. Most flower arrangements will last longer under cool conditions.
Flower care for wrapped flower bunches or boxed flowers
•Keep your fresh cut flowers in a cool place until you can get them in a flower food solution. Don't forget how important it is to follow the mixing directions on the flower food solution packet.
•Fill a clean deep flower vase with water and add a flower food solution from your local florist.
•Remove fresh flower leaves that will be below the waterline. Flower leaves in water will promote bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by the flowers.
•Re-cut flower stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife or scissors. Place the fresh cut flowers in the flower vase with the flower food solution you've prepared.
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