General Care - Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, which causes flowers to dehydrate.) Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.
If a rose should wilt prematurely, remove it from the arrangement. Submerge the flower completely in warm water. Cut the stem near the bottom and leave the whole flower under water for 1 hour. The rose should revive and last as long as if it never wilted. Premature wilting is a sign of a very fresh rose that has not had adequate water.
Vase Arrangement - To keep your flowers looking their best, be sure to add fresh water upon arrival and re-cut stems approximately 2-3 days later. Re-cut the stems under water and remember to also replace water, and add preservative (flower food). These measures will ensure you get the maximum enjoyment from your fresh flowers.
Container Arrangement - (Basket, Ceramic, etc.) - Flowers in these containers usually are arranged in a floral foam - to keep your flowers looking their best, make sure to add water upon arrival. Check the foam on a daily basis to make sure it is moist (if it feels dry to the touch, add water carefully and slowly.)
Boxed Flowers - If stems are in tubes, carefully remove them. Re-cut stems and place the flowers in a clean container with warm water and floral preservative. Remove any extra greenery from below the waterline to prevent foliage rotting. Replace with fresh water and floral preservatives daily. It is not necessary to completely fill a container, just place enough water in the container for the stems to drink. For best results, re-cut the stems 2-3 days later under water and remember to also replace water.
Corsages, Boutonnieres and Bouquets - For optimal display, wear with stems down. Keep in original package in cool place - DO NOT PLACE IN FREEZER. To keep flowers - other than orchids - looking fresh, sprinkle or mist them with water.