Here’s a guide to delivery and number of days for opening required, following a minimum re-hydration of 6 hours.
If delivered dry packed
- Unpack the flower boxes straight away or as soon as possible.
- Leave the cellophane sleeve and cardboard collar on each bunch.
- Cut approximately 1” from the base of the stems at an angle.
- Place in a clean bucket half filled with clean water and hydration fluid.
- For hydration, we use ‘Chrysal RVB Clear Intensive Universal Hydrating Treatment’.
- Remove any lower foliage, if any, from below the waterline, to reduce bacterial contamination of the water.
- Keep in your cold store to fully hydrate.
- Allow the roses to drink overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours.
If delivered in water
- Go straight to step 2.
- Once you’re ready to start opening the roses, remove cardboard collars and cellophane sleeve.
- Cut a further 1” from the base of the stems at an angle.
- Place the stems in buckets of fresh water, with flower food – we use ‘Chrysal Clear Professional 2 Concentrated (Transport & Display)’.
- Wherever possible, use straight sided, tall buckets as this provides support and helps to encourage the even opening of the blooms. Try to space the stems in the bucket to give the blooms room to expand and open.
- Place the bucket of stems in natural light at ambient room temperature, approximately 19°C (65°F).
- Keep the roses away from direct heat, sunlight or air conditioning units.
- Once the blooms have opened to the desired point, place back in the cold storage area until you’re ready to work with them.
- To speed up opening, you can move the stems to more sunlight or a slightly warmer room.
- To slow down opening, move them back into cold storage or a cool area.
- To prolong vase life, we recommend replacing with fresh water and flower food, such as Chrysal Universal, every couple of days.
- Keep in cool, ambient temperatures and away from direct heat, sunlight or cold.