Hand tied bouquet
These are arranged for you and tied together, and the first rule is not to cut the binding string. It doesn’t harm the flowers and it keeps the look of the bouquet.
If it’s been delivered aqua packed i.e. there’s a bubble of water around the stems hold the bouquet over a sink and cut the bottom off the film. This method of delivery is ideal for flowers which do not travel well or cannot withstand a lack of nourishment.
Many hand-tied bouquets feature stems which are open and flat. Gently lay the bouquet on the side and cut the stems at a 45 degree angle.
Select a vase with a neck wide enough to accommodate the bouquet and fill it with cold, clean water. Add a sachet of cut flower food and stir until dissolved. Place the hand tied bouquet in the vase taking care not to knock the flower heads.
Check the water level in the vase daily and top up if necessary. Change the water every five days, re-cutting the stems at the same time.
Spray the arrangement with a gentle mist of water daily.