Care & Conditioning
Care & Conditioning
Flower care is essential to the longevity of the flowers and greenery you receive through Going Bloom. The research we do here, the abundance of handling suggestions discovered at floral events around the country and, of course, the expert advice from our florist friends has helped us develop a keen understanding of what to do when a box of flowers arrives in your shop.
We’ll provide the basics here, and continue adding varietal conditioning information to our product pages. We assume that you know what you’re doing, but in this ever-changing, always developing floral world we want to give you the tools you need to keep your inventory fresh for as long as possible!
Flower Food & Preserves
We highly recommend the use of flower foods and quick dip treatments for most flowers. There are three primary ingredients in commercial flower foods. The primary ingredients include sugar (nourishment), biocide (to prevent bacteria), and acidifier (to balance the pH).
The water you use is arguably the most important factor in how you condition and hydrate your flowers. We recommend having any water sources you use tested to ensure you’re aware of the content levels in your water.
A water analysis should tell you two primary characteristics about your tap water, the pH level and the level of TDS (Total Dissolved Solids). High quality water for flowers will have a more acidic pH level (hence why flower food contains an acidifier) and will have a TDS of less than 200 ppm (parts per million).
Basic Care for Most Flower Types
- Prepare your containers – make sure they’re disinfected and filled with clean fresh water. We recommend using flower food and preservatives that are appropriate for the flowers and greenery you’re conditioning.
- Always cut the stems at a sharp angle, this allows water to be absorbed more efficiently without resting flush against the bottom of the container. Never use scissors or shears when cutting flower stems. Scissors and shears will squeeze the stem and crush the water-conducting vessels of the xylem.
- Immediately place cut stem directly into the deepest amount of water possible. It only takes a minute for the stem to seal, have your containers ready prior to cutting.
- Clean up any leaves or flowers that might sit in the water to avoid bacteria build up.
- The water temperature should be comfortably warm, cold water should be avoided as flowers cannot readily absorb it and water that is too hot can shock the flower.
- Change the water every couple days (or whenever the water appears cloudy) with a fresh cut and stem clean up to help with absorption.