Basic Conditioning Guide

Upon arrival of your wholesale flowers, it is essential to undergo a conditioning process to ensure the flowers remain in peak condition for as long as possible. Here are some simple steps to follow to care for your wholesale flowers: 

Conditioning steps

  1. Immediately on arrival, unpack the flowers. Remove all the packaging material. Trim the stems at a 45-degree angle, approx 1 inch using a sharp florist knife or scissors. Make sure not to crush the stems and hinder the water absorption to the flower heads. Air blockages in stems are a frequent cause of wilting.
  2. Remove any lower leaves from the stems. Leaves submerged in water will begin to decay, leading to bacterial growth which can obstruct the stem ends and contaminate the flower heads with bacteria.
  3. Fill the buckets (once cleaned thoroughly to avoid bacterial contamination) with clean water, add flower food (specialist types for specific flowers i.e. Woody Stems). and position the flowers in the buckets. Allow the flowers to hydrate in the water for at least 2-3 hours or ideally overnight before arranging.
  4. Avoid placing the flowers near any heat sources, in draught areas, in direct sunlight or near fruit & vegetables.
  5. The flowers should be placed in a cool, low lit environment whilst conditioning. A warmer, lighter environment will encourage the development of the blooms. If you have fresh materials, such as lilies, peonies that need to open, you can place in this environment. For more advice, just contact the Sales Team.