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May Flower Care Tips

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Many people are often frustrated by how short-lived a bouquet may be once they get it home. They may forget that fresh cut flowers are still living entities that can be encouraged to last much longer under the right conditions. The following tips will help make your flowers last longer.

Tip #1:

Replenish the water frequently. Change the water entirely every 2-3 days.

Flowers drink a lot of water! It is not uncommon for a large flower arrangement to suck up all the water in a vase within the first day or two you have it at home. Keep the vase full to ensure the flowers do not dry out and wilt. Flowers are also highly susceptible to bacteria that builds up as stems sit in the water. By changing the water in the vase every few days, even if the water hasn’t been used up, will help keep your flowers fresh longer (and avoid that horrid rotten smell that develops if you let them sit a long time). For large formal arrangements, carefully tip the vase over a sink to let the water drain without disturbing the design. Then re-fill the vase by gently pouring water in at the top of the flowers.

Tip #2:

Trim at least a half inch of stem off your flowers before you put them in a vase and each time you change the water.

As flowers sit out of water on your ride home, the ends of the stem dry out and the cells die, making it difficult for the flowers to absorb water. By cutting the stems just before placing them in water again, you expose fresh tissue that can suck up the water much more efficiently. When you trim stems when you change the water in the vase a few days later, you remove tissue at the tips that may be breaking down and once again expose fresh tissue that absorbs more water.

Tip #3:

Keep your flowers away from heat and bright light.

Sometimes people think they should set their vase of flowers in a sunny windowsill since that is where a plant would be happiest. However, cut flowers are actually the opposite of potted plants. They are at their peak of perfection. Sun and heat will encourage them to “mature” and thus quicken their demise. Instead, keep your cut flowers in a cool dark spot if you would like them to last as long as possible.

Tip #4:

Avoid sitting your flowers beside ripening fruit or vegetables, especially bananas and apples.

Ripening fruit gives off an odorless invisible gas called ethylene. This gas is harmless to humans, but rather deadly to flowers. The science behind it is as such: in the plant world, flowers are the precursor of fruit. Once a flower is pollinate, it begins to develop into a fruit so it can form seeds and start the plant life cycle over again. Ethylene is the gaseous hormone in the plant that induces that flower to drop its petals and become a fruit. As the fruit matures, it continues to give off ethylene. When you sit your vase of flowers next to ripening fruit, you’re exposing them to this gas and they will decide they’d better drop their petals the way Mother Nature intended.

Tip #5:

After you throw out your last arrangement, be sure to wash the vase/container very thoroughly in hot soapy water or, better yet, in your dishwasher.

Bacteria build up in dirty vases and do not go away just because the vase dries out. As soon as you add water again, the vase will once again be full of bacteria and your new bouquet will be subjected to the same bacteria that killed the last bouquet. Give your flowers a fresh clean environment free of bacteria and they will last much longer.

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Country Lane Florist is proud to serve Fredericktown Missouri area. We deliver directly to Follis and Sons Funeral Home, and Wilson Funeral Home.

Local Flower Delivery:

A delivery fee of $10.00 will be added to each order for each address. Local delivery is available to any address in the 63645 zip code.

Delivery outside the Country Lane local service area:

An $18.00 service fee will be added to the order & will be wired to the florist in the delivering area.

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Country Lane Florist is closed on Sundays and does not deliver flowers on Sunday, except for pre-ordered funeral arrangements.
Online orders made on Sunday will be processed and delivered the following business day.

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Through a vast network of professional florists all across the country, Country Lane Florist is proud to offer flower delivery to locations across the United States. Simply place your floral arrangment order, and provide a valid delivery address. Our knowledgeable staff will take care of the rest to make sure that your order is created and delivered by a professional, high-quality florist in the recipient’s local area.

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Under some circumstances, substitutions may be necessary to create your bouquet due to the availability of certain flowers in various parts of the country and during certain times of the year. The utmost care is taken to ensure the overall the style, theme and color scheme of the arrangement, always using flowers of equal value. Additionally, the substitution of certain keepsake items may be necessary due to increased demand, especially during major holidays. If you have a very specific request, or have any questions, please feel free to contact our shop directly via phone at: (573)-783-6444.

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