General Care and Handling Tips
1. If your flowers arrive as a hand tied bouquet without a vase or container, it's best to get them in water as soon as possible. Don't leave them out of water for more than a few hours.
2. Always recut the stems of flowers before placing them into water. Stems need to be in water within 5 seconds of them being cut.
3. Cutting the stems of the flowers at an 45 degree angle will allow a better interface between the flower stem and the water, and will help water uptake.
4. Room temperature water is fine. Don't use water that is icy except for tulips who like to be cold. Very warm water can often revive wilted flowers, (if they are not too far gone, but also causes them to open and age faster).
5. For vase arrangements, check the water level upon arrival. Your vase only needs enough water to cover the bottom 2 inches of the shortest stems. 
6. Change the water in glass vases every two to three days. Clean the vase, add clean room temperature water, and recut a small amount from the bottom of the stems. 
7. If you receive a arrangement made in a foam base, it is important to remember that as the flowers drink the water from the foam, it will gradually get dry. So it's a good idea to add water every day or so to the design. We have presoaked the foam in solution at our store. Add clean room temperature water. 
8. Arrangements won't do well if placed in a window with direct sunlight.
9. Similarly it's not a great idea to place your flowers on a refrigerator, radiator or dishwasher, as they give off a bit of heat.
10. Don't place your flowers in a direct draft from an air conditioner.
11. Flowers do freeze at 32 degrees and below, so it's not good to leave them in unheated automobile, etc.
12. Remove any decaying flowers from an arrangement or vase of flowers as it ages. This will prolong the life of other flowers in the arrangement.
13. If you receive flowers to wear, don't store them in the freezer as they will freeze!! Keep them in the front of the fridge in the plastic box or bag they arrived in. 
14. Never leave flowers out in heat for long periods of time. This can happen for example, if you're buying flowers in hot weather, & leave them in the trunk of your car, etc.
15. Reuse the greens! Many greens will last much longer than the blossoms, give them a trim and use with fresh blossoms or in a simply vase by themselves.
16. If you buy or receive flowers and something doesn't seem right, don't wait three days. Contact us right away. We will be more than happy to assist you!
CARE TIPS FOR SPECIFIC FLOWERS
 
CALLA LILIES
The picture of elegance, this unique form of the flower can bloom in a standard or miniature size, as well as, a rich variety of colors. Calla Lily's should be handled delicately as the bloom tends to bruise easily. Also, once this bloom is cut, it will no longer unfold, therefore, the best and more costly Calla Lily is one that is at the peak of its blossoming. Average lifespan: 4-7 days. Seasonality: Year-round. Color Availability: White, Yellow, Plum, Lavender, Pink, Green, Peach, and Orange.
 
CHRYSANTHEMUMS
Chrysanthemums bloom in many forms, including: daisy-like, pompons, or buttons. Blossoming in a wide array of colors and sizes, these flowers are popular for their long lifespan and ability to easily lend their textures and beauty to a mixed bouquet, yet make an exceptional bouquet on their own. Average lifespan: 7-8 days. Seasonality: Year-round. Color Availability: Wide range - White, Green, Yellow, Lavender, Pink, also, rich Fall colors including Burgundy, Bronze and Butterscotch, as well as, plenty of bi-colored varieties.
 
DAFFODILS
Daffodils are an extremely popular and well-loved flower but they release a substance harmful to other flowers. Because of this they are best kept to themselves when used in arrangements. If they are included in a mixed bouquet, separate the daffodils and soak separately overnight and then introduce them back into your arrangement. Average lifespan: 5 days. Seasonality: December — April. Color Availability: Yellow, White.
 
GERBERA DAISIES
Available in a bright variety of hues, these beautiful and cheerful flowers are known to be very heavy water drinkers with sensitivity to fluoride. With this in mind you may want to use a purified water source for your bouquet. Your bouquet may arrive with a straw around each stem. It is best to leave this straw on while for the first 4-5 hours while initially hydrating to create a straighter stem. Average lifespan: 5 days. Seasonality: Year-round. Color Availability: Wide range - White, Red, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Peach, Fuchsia and some bi-colored varieties.
 
HYDRANGEAS
Hydrangeas are known for their beautiful cloud-like blooms and appeal in both mixed bouquets and on their own. They are quite emotional though, and need constant hydration, as the blooms will immediately wilt when without a water supply. They are usually delivered with a water pack around the bottom of the stem to help with hydration during shipping, but will need to be thoroughly hydrated as soon as they arrive. Average lifespan: 5-7 days. Seasonality: Year-round. Color Availability: White, Green, Light Blue, Violet, Pink.
 
IRISES
Irises come in many forms, shapes, colors and sizes, though the most popular color is a deep purple. The iris usually arrives in bud stage, but after 1-2 days of hydration the bloom will unfurl and open gracefully creating a grand bouquet fit for royalty. Average lifespan: 6 days. Seasonality: Year-round. Color Availability: Wide range - Blue, Yellow, White, Pink, Purple, Brown, Red, and Black.
 
GLADIOLUS
Most known for their sword-like shape and wide array of color, gladioli create a dramatic bouquet of height and beauty. As the bottom blooms wilt, more blooms open on the top of the stem. Average lifespan: 7-8 days. Seasonality: Year-round. Color Availability: Wide range - White, Red, Orange, Pink, Fuchsia, and Lavender.
 
LILIES
These fragrant flowers are a symbol of purity and grace accentuated with each flower-filled stem. There are three main types of lilies: Asiatic, Oriental or LA Hybrids. Asiatic Lilies tend to have a smaller bloom, but come in a vast array of colors. Oriental Lilies have a large bloom and a stronger fragrance and tend to last longer than the other varieties. LA Hybrid Lilies have a medium sized bloom and tend to last a little longer than an Asiatic Lily. Most lilies arrive with 3-5 blooms per stem, making them a dramatic and impressive bouquet. As the blooms open, it is best to remove the pollen from anthers when the blooms open with a tissue and discard as it can stain clothing. In the event the pollen does get on any fabric try to remove it with cellophane tape, never with water, which would set the stain. Average lifespan: 5-7 days. Seasonality: Year-round. Color Availability: Wide range – White, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Burgundy, and plenty of bi-colored varieties.

 
ORCHIDS
These blooms bring an exotic elegance to any bouquet with numerous flowers bursting from each stem. Known for their longevity, orchids are a beautiful way to express your sentiments. Average lifespan: 7 days. Seasonality: Year-round. Color Availability: Purple, White, Pink, Fuchsia, Orange, Jade, and Burgundy. Orchids do not like chemicals of any sort and will do better if given purified water.

 
PERUVIAN LILIES
Also called Alstroemeria, these bright multi-colored flowers contribute to a lush and full bouquet. They are known for their long-lasting blooms, but they tend to dehydrate easily. If wilting, check the water level and, once hydration levels are maintained, they will perk up within the next 8-12 hours. Average lifespan: 7-8 days. Seasonality: Year-round. Color Availability: Wide range - Pink, Purple, White, Yellow, Red, and plenty of bi-colored varieties.
 
ROSES
Roses are possibly the most recognizable and beloved flowers most known for their soft scent and vast array of colors and varieties. These flowers may arrive with guard petals surrounding the outside of the bloom. These petals were left on to protect the bloom during shipment and should be removed to increase the beauty of your bouquet. Also, if a rose wilts and becomes limp, remove it from the vase and re-cut the stem under water. Place the flower into warm water until the bloom becomes firm. The flower can then be included once again within the bouquet. Remember, roses are thirsty flowers. Check the vase daily to replenish absorbed water. Average lifespan: 7 days. Seasonality: Year-round. Color Availability: Red, White, Pink, Fuchsia, Lavender, Jade, Cream, Peach, Yellow, Orange, Burgundy, and plenty of bi-colored varieties.

 
SUNFLOWERS
A favorite flower for many, the sunflower brings a cheerful disposition to any bouquet. Sunflowers tend to be a thirsty flower, so it is best to be vigilant of the water level in your vase to insure a longer life for you bouquet. Average lifespan: 5-7 days. Seasonality: Year-round. Color Availability: Yellow with brown center and some dyed varieties.
 
TULIPS
Tulips are one of the most popular flowers of all time and come in variety of colors, heights, and flower shapes. Be aware that these flowers can grow almost an inch daily even when cut and naturally bend towards the light. Your tulip bouquet may have a natural curve to the stems, leaning gracefully off the lip of the vase. When your tulips first arrive it is best to keep them in the protective wrap while hydrating for the first 4-5 hours to create a straighter stem. Average lifespan: 5 days. Seasonality: Year-round. Color Availability: Wide range - Red, White, Pink, Fuchsia, Purple, Cream, Orange, Peach, Yellow and plenty of bi-colored varieties. Tulips like to be cold, so if you have a vase of JUST tulips, add a couple ice cubes every evening to keep them happy! Do not give tulips floral food.