Hi Everyone! In today's video we are going to talk about how to keep flowers fresh after they have been cut. This is a common question we get here at Russ Wholesale Flowers, so I thought I would make a video for you covering this topic!

How to Keep Flowers Fresh Video


Hi welcome to another show of Russ On Flowers, I'm your host Russ. Today we're going to talk about processing your flowers when they come in before an event. Okay, a lot of you guys are asking all these questions about when you should you receive your flowers, when is the best time of the week to receive. Right now I can tell you the earlier the better. The stuff that we are shipping is so fresh, I just got off the phone with this lady, and she said "If I got my flowers on Thursday, I'm getting all roses" she's buying 800 roses, and she said "If I get them on Thursday, will they last until Sunday?" Let me tell you, typically the roses that we receive and the ones that we ship if you do a test, they'll last up to about three weeks. Change the water every third day, and keep them in a decent environment without a heater blowing on them, three weeks ladies. So that's the deal with that.

So we're talking about processing, okay? When your flowers come in, you need to cut them, and put them in water, hydration helps them live, okay? No water, no live, all right? So when the flowers come in and I'm going to talk a little bit about Carnations, and Larkspurs, and Asters, and I got some Mini Carnations here, and I'm not really sure why, I have TB [SP] here, but we'll put that off to the side okay?

I always use buckets kind of relative to the size of the flowers, it helps, because if you take smaller flowers and you put them in buckets with larger flowers, typically if you put them in buckets that are tall, and then you're using taller flowers, and you're putting them in you might forget that the flowers are in there so you're jamming other flowers on top of the smaller. So I use relative buckets for size of the flowers.

When you get your flowers, lukewarm water, what would that be room temperature of course. So there inches up okay? Three inches up. Take your flowers either with a pruning shears, and or a knife, scissors don't work, a lot of these stems will break your scissors, and it doesn't make a lot of sense. Take your pruning shears, cut them about an inch up off the stem, take the rubber band off. I typically, if you have a lot of bunches of the same type of flowers, will put them in the water with the sleeves on. Once all the flowers are in the bucket, take the sleeves off so they have a chance to breath, and then open.

Biggest show for your event is your open flowers; our stuff will come in extremely tight. These are like medium tight, okay? Typically they'll come in, in bud form, and if you get them on a Thursday, they won't be open for a Saturday event, right?

Consideration, Lily's the same thing, get your Lily's in early okay? So again with the Carnations, I put them in a taller bucket, supports the stem more, so you if you could see in my bucket again three inches of water in here, and then just cut the base. It's easiest if you have pruning shear because you can get through it kind of fast rather than, I mean you can buzz it with a knife too, but okay? Rubber band off, and then plop them in your water, then take your sleeve off okay? Same thing with the Asters, cut an inch okay? Got stuff flying all over the place, and then you just drop them in right.

Keep them hydrated until you use them, and make sure you're hydrating along the way. So the Larkspur, another longer flower that would support like a taller bucket okay? Cut an inch off, take the rubber band off, these babies are bad and long, love them.

Oh you like the color of my hands? Did you notice? I was in the Mr. Illinois this weekend, and that is tanner, uh yeah, you're supposed to use gloves, I didn't. So anyway that's it for today's show, remember hydrate your flowers when you get them, and if you have any questions, hit us at Russ Wholesale Flowers.com. Thanks for coming, enjoy your day, keep it real, see you next time.