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Monday, June 22, 2009

Care Instructions 鮮花保養問題

Flowers makes you happy! Don't be upset when they are dying several days later. The flowers are begin to getting older and older everyday when they have been cut away from soil.

Flowers that sells in Hong Kong will usually get to fully open very quickly in the hot summer, and they die quickly, or otherwise they suffer dehydration, drinking not enough water, before they are fully blossom.

General Rules,

"Carefully remove the packaging and insert your flower to vase immediately upon recieve!!!" (otherwise they will die in the packaging.)

1) Use flower food
2) Replace with clean waters frequently
3) take out the flower stems when it dies
4) Avoid heat and temperature, stay in cool place
5) Use a clean vase that filled with 2/3 of waters

When the flowers show any sign of not absorbing enough water,

1)bent neck for roses, gerbera,
2)soft petal for hydrangea
3)soft neck for tulips

Wrap it with paper and drop it to a bucket of water of 2/3 length, for 2-3 hours, see if the flowers got retrieve, re-cut the stems( with a sharp knife, slant cut) when necessary. Remove some of the leaves on the roses stems will be possible to stop water losing out to the air.

Remember, if you really want something can extend a longer period of time, always ask the florist for guidance. They will be happy to let you know which flowers are in seasons.

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Some more details care for florist: (it may has been taken care before we sold)
(source: http://www.flowercouncil.org )

Roses
1) Buy when the bud is fully grown and ‘loose’.
2) Remove the lower leaves.
3) Use clean vases and fresh water containing cut flower food.
4) Avoid smoke, fruit and exhaust fumes (sources of ethylene).
5) Give the customer an adequate supply of cut flower food.

Hydrangea
1) A clean vase and fresh water are essential.
2) Cut a piece off the stems and remove as many leaves as possible.
3) Cut shrub food will extend the vase life considerably, up to a maximum of two weeks. 4) Avoid draughts as this will cause the flowers to droop.


Helianthus/ Sunflowers
1) Cut a good piece off the stems, remove as much foliage as possible and stand in cold water containing special food for cut shrubs.
2) Never leave without water. Check the water level regularly because this flower is very thirsty.
3) Avoid crowding the flowers to avoid damage.

Gerbera
1) Put the flowers in water immediately to allow the stems to absorb plenty of water. 2) The water should be shallow as the flowers could otherwise be contaminated.
3) Cut flower food inhibits bacterial contamination.
4) Don't let any water droplets on the flower petals.

Amaryllis / Hippeastrum
1) Do not store Hippeastrum too cold (<5°C) as the trumpets will discolour.
2) Cut the stems off straight and stand the flowers in fresh water containing food for bulbous flowers.
3) A dark vase will stop the stems from turning red and curling back.
4) Push a stick into the flower stem to keep it straight.

Lily
1) At temperatures below 2°C the bud can turn brown.
2) Stand the flowers in water containing cut flower food, preferably special food for lilies.
3) Remove any pollen from clothing with the aid of a brush or adhesive tape or hang out in the sun for several hours.
4) Do not try to remove the stains with water. The flowers can be strongly scented.

Paeonia (Peony)
1) Cut a piece off the stems and put the flowers in fresh water with cut flower food.
2) Higher temperatures will speed up flowering, so Paeonia should be kept in a cool spot.
3) If the flowers are to open well the buds must be moistened regularly using a plant spray.

Zantedeschia (Calla Lily)
1) Cut a piece off the stems and stand in fresh water.
2)The stem ends can be stopped from curling back by wrapping them with adhesive tape or using a dark vase.
3)Allow the flowers to drink their fill if they are to be used with Oasis foam as it is difficult for them to absorb water from the foam.

Tulipa
1) A tulip bud that is fully grown and showing colour will develop best in the vase.
2) Drooping tulips can be revived by cutting a piece off the stems, wrapping them in paper and standing them in fresh water in a cool spot.
3) Remember that tulips continue to grow in the vase, re-cut when necessary.
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