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Bulk Fresh Flower Care and Design - Day One

One of our employees was nice enough to work with us from her home. Since she is unknowledgeable in flower care and not a florist we felt this would give you a common ground to see what to expect. These pages will show you how your flowers will arrive, how they will look and what to expect. We chose a variety of flowers and will give tips as we go. We did not force any open and they sat in a house at 78 degrees with no cooling and relatively low humidity.  Please note that variances in temperature and humidity will effect these results.
flower arrival open box boxed flowers
Your flowers arrive! As you start opening remember, your flowers are tired and thirsty and need to be treated with care. They are at their most delicate time.  Please go to our flower care page and follow our care suggestions at Fresh Flower Care.

alstro The Alstroemeria buds are all closed and will need to be watched to make sure they open in time.
bouvardia Bouvardia buds are almost all closed these will be hard to open and will need some warm water baths to open them in time.
freesia day one  Freesia will also need warm water baths to open in time
gerbera day one  Gerbera daisies come with a cup to guard blooms while in transit.  These flowers will need no special attention after the initial care with hydration and a warm drink.  Keep the cups on the flower and place them in the bucket supporting their heads by feeding the stem through the holes of chicken wire and letting the heads rest on the chicken wire with the stems in the water drinking.
iris day one  Iris can be deceiving, even though they look hopeless for day three you will see them open with no special steps to open them. Once they start opening they tend to open very quickly so keep them as cool as possible.
larkspur day one  Larkspur will feel very wilted but no worries just follow our steps and they will come back beautifully!
liatris day one  Liatris will need to be misted on the second and third day.
lily day one  Stargazer lilies that come in this tightly budded are allot of work!  They will need to be warm and have warm water baths to get them to open in time.

Please note: The stamen consists of two parts the stalk and the anther. The anthers need to be gently pulled off the stalk as the bloom opens. If left, a yellowish pollen substance forms on these and once this happens it stains everything it touches including the flower, fingers and the wedding dress!  So do not forget this important step.
lily with stamen pulling stamen

asiatic day one  Asiatic lilies are deceiving they open much faster then the Oriental lilies such as the Stargazer or the Casa Blanca!

Please note: The stamen consists of two parts the stalk and the anther. The anthers need to be gently pulled off the stalk as the bloom opens. If left, a yellowish pollen substance forms on these and once this happens it stains everything it touches including the flower, fingers and the wedding dress!  So do not forget this important step.
lisianthius day one  Lisianthus is getting to be a very popular wedding flower and easy to open and care for.
poms day one  Poms are so easy!  Give them a drink and place them in a cool spot.
roses day one  When you see and touch your roses, it will be hard to believe that in a couple of hours they will be happy again... Guard petals can be removed just before designing to insure the roses are not damaged while being moved.

guard petal rose guard petal rose no guard
 Guard petals are the outside petal that protects the rose. Gently pull the petal off to show the beautiful bloom
underneath.
stock day one  Stock is also easy and fragrant!  Keep them close while you are working and experience the aroma of these beautiful flowers!
sunflower day one  Sunflowers - another easy flower!  Give them water and keep in a cool place until the designing day.
tulip day one  These field tulips have arrived beautifully.  These are one flower you are going to want to keep cool so they do not open! 

To help keep them from opening a thin wire can be used to pierce through the stem.  First one way pull out and then again in a crisscross design. Do not leave the wire in. Do not use floral food on these, just fresh clean water.

tulip peirce
seeded eucalyptus  This seeded eucalyptus is beautiful.  Greens do not need hydration or floral food.  Just give them clean clear water and they will be happy.  Greens do love to be misted just like your house plant!
bucket room  Make sure you leave plenty of room in the buckets so the flowers can drink and rest from their trip.  It also helps keep damage to a minimum as you work with your flowers.
Time for the flowers to drink and rest.
A cool dark place is the best for the first night.  If they arrived early in the day you may want to check water in the
evening and refill buckets as needed.  They will drink allot of water the first day.

Don't forget to mix your water with floral food per the directions.

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