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Flower Delivery in San Diego, Caring for Flowers in Your Home

Online florists and their local delivery partners take a great deal of care to ensure the flowers that are delivered to homes and offices are fresh and beautifully arranged. The entire process starts with flower acquisition. Only with the best quality, cut flowers can the local partner guarantee that they are delivering only the best to customers.

Delivering a beautiful bouquet of fresh-cut flowers is only the first step. To enjoy the delivery and to ensure the flowers last as long as possible, the recipient has to provide a little tender loving care. Fortunately, caring for, and extending the longevity of a bouquet is quite straightforward. By following a few easy steps, you can ensure that the flowers you receive remain looking their best for the longest possible time.

* Use a clean vase and clean, freshwater                                                                                                                                                        * Use the flower food provided by the delivering florist                                                                                                                               * Trim the stems and remove foliage                                                                                                                                                               * Do's and don'ts of cut flower care

Use a Clean Vase and Clean, Fresh Water

Fresh cut flowers are targets for bacterial growth. Bacteria can enter the stem through the cut surface, microorganisms begin to grow, and water uptake is slowed.While the plant is in the ground, the root system acts as a filter. The roots limit the amount of chemicals and microorganisms that block the plant from absorbing much needed water. Once the flower has been cut, it loses this natural, vital, filter. It cannot be stressed enough. Start with a clean vase and clean water.

Not only is water important, the temperature of it is as important. Flowers take up warm water more efficiently than they take up cold water. The use of warm water, between 100 and 110 degrees, plays a big role in the life of the bouquet.

Use the Flower Food Provided by the Delivering Florist

While the flower is still attached to the living plant, it gets all the nourishment needed to develop and grow. Once the flower has been separated from the stem, the source of nutrients and water is instantly cut off. Flower food stimulates the plant’s natural environment, allowing the bloom to fully develop.

There are numerous "recipes" available for DIY plant food. Although some might be beneficial in extending the life of the bouquet, plant food is a product that is best left to professionals. Any commercial flower food can extend the life of blooms. These products are developed in a lab setting with careful attention paid to balanced mixtures containing sugar, acidifier, and bacteria inhibitor. Pay attention to the directions printed on the packet. Do not use more than that which is recommended. Too much flower food can be as harmful to the flowers as too little.

Trim the Stems and Remove Foliage

Although the flowers you get may have been harvested early the same day, it is still wise to re-cut the stems and remove wilted foliage upon arrival at your home or office. Cut approximately one inch off the stems, cut at an angle. Use a sharp knife or a good pair of quality secateurs. Do not use kitchen scissors. They may crush the stem and impede the vascular system. The angled cut across the stem provides a greater area for hydration. An angled cut also prevents the stem from resting on the bottom of the vase, which results in improved water uptake.

Once the ends of the stems have been prepared properly, place the bouquet in prepared water. It can take as long as 8 to 12 hours for the cut flowers to hydrate properly. When flowers are first delivered, they tend to take up considerable water.

Remove any leaves that appear as if they may be submerged in water. Leaves that are underwater tend to deteriorate far faster. Rotting leaves are an ideal medium for bacteria and fungi to form. Only remove leaves that otherwise would be in water. Cut flowers need leaves to aid in the hydration process. Be careful when removing leaves. A break in the stem or any open wound may allow bacteria to enter.

Do's and Don'ts of Cut Flower Care

Keep the cut flower bouquet out of direct sunlight. It may be possible to store the bouquet in the refrigerator overnight. Check the water level everyday, if it has dropped, replenish it. If the water is cloudy, change it for freshwater. Do not forget to replenish the proper proportions of plant food.

Do not use a homemade concoction as a substitute for flower food. Do not use aspirin, soda, or household bleach. Ensure the bouquet is not near a bowl of fresh fruit or cigarette smoke. Fresh fruit and burning tobacco produce ethylene gas that affects the life of the floral bouquet. Lastly, do not place the bouquet near a hot air register and keep it out of direct sunlight.

If you are caring for potted plants, they can benefit from rich, organic soil. A living plant requires three basic elements for health and vitality, phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium. Fertilizer is formulated with these elements in the correct proportions. As important as nutrients, is the pH of the soil. pH is an indication of soil acidity. The scale reads from zero to 14 with zero extremely acidic, seven is neutral, and 14 is extreme base. The greatest majority of flowering plants prefer soil that is slightly acidic, in the range of 6.0 to 7.0. Proven ways to modify the soil is the addition of lime or organic material.

Cut flowers, of course, are very different. Once a flower has been separated from the nutrient delivering plant root, it begins to die. To enhance the life of cut flowers, remember to cut the stems at an angle, ensure there are no lower leaves in the water, add quality commercial flower food and change the water every couple of days. With proper care and attention, cut flowers can last as long as three weeks or, at times, even longer.

What are the best-selling flowers in San Diego:

  • Subtle Freshness: Roses and Lilies
  • Harmony Bouquet: Roses and Callas
  • Never-Ending Love: 12 Red Roses
  • Vibrancy: Yellow and Pink Roses
  • Innocent Love: Lilies and Roses

Why should I choose FloraQueen for a San Diego flower delivery?

There is a lot of choice of online flower delivery services on the Internet. We offer a flexible service that takes the complexity out of international flower delivery. With a network of expert florists in many countries around the world as well as our centres In Europe, the US and around the world, we are able to offer that rare mix of the best quality flowers with an easy and fast delivery system. If you want more than just flowers we also have an extensive range of gifts and add-ons to make your order even better.

Can I send flowers to San Diego with FloraQueen?

Yes, we do send flowers to San Diego. You can also attach a greeting card to the bouquet!

Can I send the flowers to po box?

Unfortunately not, in this case our agents will ask you to provide a physical address in order to complete your delivery.

How do i order flowers for the funeral?

Make sure to mark the flowers are for the funeral (second step of ordering process). This will help us to manage your order in more efficient way and make sure flowers will arrive as requested. Please also provide us with a telephone number to call and exact date time of ceremony. You can use special requests box for additional information. Special request will be forwarded to the florist and will help to complete your order.

Can i order by telephone or email?

The safest and most efficient way to order is via our website, for this reason we do not accept orders by email or telephone.

Do you offer same day delivery?

Yes, we work directly with local florists in San Diego, just around the corner from the delivery address. We can accept same day delivery almost everywhere. The cut off time for same day delivery does vary for each country and time zone, and you will be advised during the buying process if it is not possible. In this case delivery date will not be available in the calendar.

Do the flowers come with the vase?

A vase is not included in the price unless specified in the product description. If you would like your flowers to be delivered in a vase please make sure to add the product in a second step the buying process.

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