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Taking care of your cut flowers

When selecting flowers to grow, we choose varieties which will give a good vase life. Any new additions to our growing list are trialled for a year and we always value customer feed back on what lasts well in the vase.

Different varieties of flower will naturally start to deteriorate at different times which is why we always like to include a range of flower types in our bunches. We recommend removing any flowers that are past their best from the vase as soon as possible so that they don’t contaminate the water for the remaining stems in the vase. Any gaps can be replaced by additional flowers and/or foliage from your own garden to fill out the vase again and to add variety.

Because our flowers are grown, cut and stored without the addition of chemical preservatives, there are some tips that customers can follow to get the best possible vase life from them:

  • Always use clean vases to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Change the water every 2-3 days.
  • Re-cut the stems at an angle every few days to ensure they can absorb water efficiently.
  • Remove any leaves that will be submerged in water to prevent decay.
  • Keep flowers in a cool place away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  • Flower food is optional. Packets or sachets of flower food are available or you can follow the simple recipe below for homemade flower food.

1 litre of lukewarm water

2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice (or 15 ml vinegar)

1 tablespoon (15 g) sugar

1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) bleach (optional, helps to prevent bacterial growth)


  1. In a clean container, combine the lukewarm water, lemon juice (or vinegar), sugar, and bleach. Stir well until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Ensure your vase is clean before adding the homemade flower food solution. A clean vase helps prevent bacteria from shortening the life of your flowers.
  • Pour the solution into your vase, filling it about halfway.
  • Trim the stems of your flowers at an angle before arranging them in the vase. Remove any leaves that will be submerged in the water to prevent decay.
  • Change the water every 2-3 days, adding fresh homemade flower food each time. Re-cut the stems slightly with each water change to improve water uptake.

Why These Ingredients Work

Sugar: Acts as a carbohydrate source, providing energy for the flowers.

Acid (Lemon Juice or Vinegar): Helps to lower the pH of the water, making it easier for the flowers to absorb nutrients.

Bleach: Helps to kill bacteria and fungi that can clog the stems and prevent water absorption. Use this sparingly as too much can harm the flowers.

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