Flowers are a living piece of nature and require some essential hygiene practices to maximize their vase life. We recommend the following generally, however, some flower varieties have individual requirements, which the Meadow & Vine staff will inform you of if needed.
Prepare a vase ¾ full of fresh water before unwrapping your bouquet. Make sure the vase has been washed thoroughly to ensure there’s no harmful bacteria that could contaminate the water.
Unwrap your bouquet and carefully cut approximately 1 cm from the ends of the stems at an angle using sharp floral pruners or garden shears. DO NOT use scissors to cut flowers, as they can crush the stem’s drinking capillaries which inhibits water uptake. If you don’t have pruners at home, don’t panic! We send our bouquets wet-wrapped which ensures the stems don’t get dry. If the stems are transferred immediately (no longer than 1 minute!) from the wet wrap to the vase, a re-cut isn’t essential. Remove any foliage that lies below the water line in your vase.
We offer ‘flower food’ as a courtesy to our customers who request it, as it can assist with water uptake and kills bacteria. However, it can be tricky to get the ratio right, and too strong of a solution will actually hurt your flowers! As an alternative, simply changing the vase water and trimming the stems every 2-3 days can be just as effective.
Display your flowers in a location away from any cold drafts, frost, direct sunlight, or heat.
Refresh your flowers every 2-3 days. Change the vase water, recut stems (if you have the proper tools to do so) and remove any drooping flowers or foliage. As flower buds deteriorate, gently remove them so the flowers don’t waste their energy and to allow for others to open.
We offer a 24-hour guarantee period on all of our products. After this period, there are too many outside factors that could impact the integrity of our product. We take pride in understanding our product enough to ensure a high- quality and we strive to educate our customers on the best flower care practices. Please contact us immediately with concerns.