Our Customers First This Gift Certificate is for our Customers. It is our way to say thank you. Please present it when you purchase flowers or gifts from the store. Minimum purchase is $80. This gift certificate has no expiry date. How to Keep Flowers Fresh First thing’s first, always start with a sparkling clean vase. When you bring a flower bouquet home, immediately plunge the cut ends into fresh tap water. Letting too much air into the cut stems can prevent water uptake later. Use a cut flower food to keep your blooms looking fresh. Commercial flower preservatives contain chemicals that stop microorganisms from growing and make water, which is usually alkaline, more acidic to match the cells of the flower stems. Flower food also includes sucrose (or sugar) to provide energy. If you don’t have a commercial flower food, try adding a sugary soft drink to the water. No matter which preservative you choose, always add it to warm water so that it can properly dissolve. Change the water in the vase everyday. Use fresh water or make a fresh solution of water and cut flower food. Make sure the water is lukewarm before adding the flowers back to the vase. Snip a little off the ends of the stems every time you change the water and remove any spent blooms. Infection can spread easily from dead petals and wilted leaves. Keep the bouquet out of direct sunlight or hot locations. Place it in the coolest spot in the house overnight. Avoid putting flowers in an enclosed area with fruits, such as apples, which release ethylene gas that causes flowers to wilt. Read more….