General Flower Care

General Flower Care

Fresh Flowers in Bulk — How to Care for Them

Our fresh flowers in bulk are shipped from our worldwide partner farms. Like you, we understand that fresh cut wholesale flowers are more than just products; they represent the most important, special, toughest and greatest days of our lives. With this understanding, your flowers will receive special attention and care while at Schaefer Wholesale Florist.

Did you open your box and find thirsty and tired flowers?

Don’t worry, that happens sometimes.

To bring your flowers back to their most vibrant state, review the General Flower Care instructions below.

It’s rare, but if it happens that you think your flowers need special care, contact us and we will figure it out together.

Keep in mind: if you want to help your flowers bloom, placing them in a warm environment can help accomplish this. On the contrary, to slow down the blooming process, place your flowers in a cooler environment.

WARNING: keep your flowers away from vegetables and fruits and any other plant that produces a gas called ethylene. If your flowers are exposed to a lot of ethylene it can cause them to wilt.

SWF General Flower Care Instructions:

  1. Open the box and remove the flowers. It is your preference to remove the rubber bands that hold the flowers together in bunches.
  2. Use a minimum of 3-4 inches of cool, fresh water with your preferred flower preservative product. (Remember bulb flowers do not get flower food.) Floral food can be purchased from our supply department. If you have any leaves that have are below your container’s water line or are in the water, remove them.
  3. Cuts stems, place the flowers into the prepared water and container right away.
  4. Flowers can take up to 8 to 12 hours to hydrate properly; be sure to at least allow flowers 4 hours to hydrate.
  5. A dark, cool location, between 35-75 degrees Fahrenheit, is best for storing your flowers, away from drafts, excessive heat, and direct sunlight.
  6. For best, freshest results, you should change your container’s waters every 24 hours and you should recut your stems every 24-48 hours * Your flowers will drink a lot of water when they arrive to you.