We deliver many of our peony bouquets in bud, so as to protect them in transit and to ensure they have the longest life possible after delivery. On arrival, your peonies may look similar to golf balls, however, in the right conditions, they should bloom after 3-4 days into the beautiful flower we all know and love!
Trim 3-4 cm off stems at 45 degree angle under water to maintain freshness - air can cause stems to deteriorate if they are left out too long and start to dry. Also, cutting the stems under water will help prevent air from entering the stems. If air does enter the stem, it will form bubbles that will slow down water and nutrient absorption. Ultimately, this will shorten the life of your cut flowers. To do so, submerge in water or cut stems under running water.
Only use clean instruments for cutting - bacteria from previously cut items can damage stem.
Dip stem in boiling water before placing in hatbox/vase - this prevents air and sap from blocking stem (clears the pipes basically!). However, be sure to only do so for 1-2 seconds, as holding the stems in boiling water will damage them.
Remove low-hanging leaves that may be submerged in water when placed into vase. These can rot and damage remaining stems.
Make sure to trim stems at 45 degree angle every two days to ensure they can drink as much water as possible. Change water every two days also.
Use only a sparkling clean vase to prevent lingering bacteria causing any damage.
If you feel your flowers need a little revival, it is okay every 2-3 days to add ¼ teaspoon of bleach and half teaspoon of sugar when changing the water - bleach helps flowers to stay fresh, sugar acts as flower food.
It is best to keep peonies in a cool spot in your home, away from direct sunlight and heat.
It is also important to keep your flowers away from the fruit bowl! Fruit emits a natural gas called ethylene that damages flowers and leads to shorter life.
When our care guide is followed, your peonies should be enjoyed for up to 7 days!