Unpacking and Preparing Fresh Flowers
D-I-Y Floral Design Classes
Congrats! You have received your flowers! Now it is time to get all the flowers inside the house, rehydrated, and prepped for creating your arrangements. Follow along so you know what to expect when you get your order of wholesale flowers.
Bring your flowers inside and get your buckets prepared for rehydration. Be on the lookout for your package on the day the flowers are to arrive! Your flowers are dry shipped and need to be hydrated as soon as they arrive at your home. Please do not leave the flowers in the box until you intend on making arrangements; get them out of the box and in water right away!
TIP ON HYDRATION: Prep your buckets by making sure they are completely washed out with soap and water. Put warm water in your buckets and mix in the recommended amount of floral food or preservative into the water (the food container will have a water to solution/powder ratio). Flower food greatly increases the vase life of the flowers. We highly recommend using it!
Open up your box by using scissors or a knife.
When you open your box of bulk flowers you will see a tightly-packed sleeve. You will also see your packing slip. Your packing slip will review all the items you ordered and give you contact information if you have any questions about your flowers. Many customers ask, "What happens if I get my flowers and they are damaged or unusable?". If you call us within 24 hours and send a photo of the damaged product, we will either refund or reship the damaged flowers. Although this does not happen often, we have a generous refund and replace policy that ensures the utmost satisfaction with our valuable customers.
BloomsByTheBox.com ships its flowers in a protective sleeve to prevent damage from shipping and temperature.
Once you have opened up your box and removed all the flowers, you need to cut the stems and get the flowers hydrating. Take off all the cellophane bags and cut the stems with floral shears or a floral knife.
For best results, fill a sink or large bucket with room-temperature water, and hold the stems under the water while you cut them. This prevents air pockets from getting in the stem, which can stop the even flow of water to the leaves and blossoms.
Make the cut at least an inch above the bottom of the stem at a 45 degree angle. This will ensure that you have removed any plugging in the bottom of the stem, once again opening pathway for water take-up. Once all the flowers are cut you can put the flowers in your warm water and floral preservative. Make sure that there are no leaves at the bottom of the stems or touching the water: Those leaves will absorb water, die, and create bacteria in the water that can reduce the vase life of your flowers.
REMEMBER! Do not be alarmed when you get your flowers if they look wilted or dehydrated! They just need some TLC and time to rehydrate. The flowers will DRAMATICALLY perk up once they have gone through this process for 3-5 hours!