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How to care for your flowers

Updated: Jul 9

Caring for Fresh Cut Flowers from Birch Farm.

There's nothing quite like the beauty and fragrance of fresh cut flowers to brighten up any space. Whether you've just received a bouquet from a loved one or picked up a bunch from our flower farm, ensuring their longevity involves a few simple, yet effective steps.

You may have arrived here from zapping a bar code on one of our bunches. We hope this guide will help you get the most from your Salford grown flowers.

6 essential steps to achieve long-lasting fresh-cut flowers.

1. Unpack with Care

Step 1: Remove Packaging

Carefully remove any wrapping, rubber bands, or ties from the flowers. Handle them gently to avoid damaging the stems or petals.

Step 2: Trim the Stems

Using a clean, sharp pair of scissors trim each stem at a 45-degree angle. This opens up the drinking cells and allows for better water absorption.

2. Hydration is Key

Step 1: Prepare the Vase

Choose a clean vase and fill it with cool, clean water.

Step 2: Place Flowers in the Water

Immediately place the freshly cut stems in the vase. Ensure no leaves are submerged in the water, as this will promote bacterial growth which is the primary cause of flowers wilting too soon.

3. Find the Perfect Spot

Step 1: Choose a Location

Place the vase in a cool, draft-free area, well away from direct sunlight, heating vents, or appliances that emit heat. These conditions can cause the flowers to dehydrate and wilt more quickly.

Step 2: Keep Away from Ripening Fruits

Ripening fruits release ethylene gas, which can accelerate the aging of flowers. Keep your bouquet at a safe distance from the fruit bowl.

4. Daily Maintenance

Step 1: Refresh the Water

Change the water every two days, ensuring the vase is clean each time. Re-cut the stems at a 45-degree angle every few days to maintain water uptake.

Step 2: Prune Regularly

Remove any wilting or dead leaves and petals from the arrangement. This not only keeps your bouquet looking fresh but also prevents the spread of bacteria.

5. Special Care for Specific Flowers


Roses benefit from having their guard petals (the outermost petals) removed. This encourages the blooms to open more fully.


Pollen from lilies can stain, so gently remove the stamens as the flowers open.


Tulips continue to grow after being cut, so re-cutting the stems and refreshing the water is especially important.

6. Enjoy the Beauty

Take the time to appreciate the natural beauty of your fresh-cut flowers. Arrange them creatively in your space, and consider capturing their beauty in photos to cherish even after the blooms have faded.

Don't forget to tag us in your photos, visit Birch Farm Flowers on Instagram to share your photos and to learn more about where your flowers grew.

By following these simple care tips, you can extend the life of your fresh-cut flowers and enjoy the vibrant colours and delightful scents they bring. At our naturally grown flower farm, we take pride in providing the freshest blooms, and with a little TLC, you can savour their splendour for days to come.

A note about us

Birch Farm Flowers is a micro flower farm based in Salford, Greater Manchester. We offer seasonal flower bouquets, flower workshops, wedding flowers and wholesale flowers for florists. Browse our website and follow us on instagram @birchfarmflowers to find out more.

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