Frequently Asked Questions
There are several questions that we are frequently asked about flower care, flower availability and flower suitability. We have listed below some helpful pointers. If your question is not covered, then please do not hesitate to ask!
What is the official flower of Western Australia?
The official flower of Western Australia is the Red and Green Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii). This flower is native to Western Australia, and are one of the most distinctive flowers in the country.
What is the difference between an arrangement, a hand-tied bouquet and a floral basket?
A flower arrangement is made directly into a container or vase and may contain floral foam. The container can be any shape or size. The flowers are self contained and have access to water. An arrangement is the perfect floral gift for a work place/hospital/school etc. as the recipient does not need to find their own vase.
A hand-tied bouquet is essentially a bunch of flowers. By ordering one of these, you ensure that your flowers have been expertly arranged by one of our qualified florists. They are wrapped to compliment the blooms with a cellophane water bubble on the stems which acts as a temporary vase ensuring they stay as fresh as possible (must be kept upright to avoid wet feet!). A hand-tied bouquet is the perfect gift for sending to a home address where the recipient already has a selection of vases.
A floral basket is exactly what it sounds like: a basket, or another container that is filled with flowers. Usually a flower basket is given as a gift for a special occasion, and it may contain other gifts like food or small trinkets in addition to flowers.
What supplies do I need to care for flowers?
Caring for flowers is simple, as long as you check on them daily. You’ll need a few supplies:
- A clean vase – fresh cut flowers need a container.
- Warm water – warm water will keep your flowers hydrated and lasting longer.
- Flower food – your florist should provide you with flower food.
- Sharp flower cutters – you will need to trim stems and leaves to keep your flowers fresh.
How do I care for my flowers?
Caring for your flowers at home/work is simple.
If you have a hand-tied bouquet; over the sink, snip away the water bubble covering the stems. Re-cut each stem about 1cm from the bottom on a 45 degree angle with sharp scissors. Place your bouquet into a clean vase filled with clean water (it is essential that the water is clean to avoid bacteria from shortening the life of your flowers). You can add a drop of bleach to the water if available. Change the water in your vase every other day, each time recutting the stems again. Avoid placing your vase in direct sunlight, in a draughty place or next to your fruit bowl… (fruit gives off ethylene gas which kills flowers). Enjoy!
If you have an arrangement you are unable to recut the stems of your flowers but you should add more fresh, clean water every other day to ensure they have plenty to drink. Avoid placing your arrangement in direct sunlight, in a draughty place or next to your fruit bowl… (fruit gives off ethylene gas which kills flowers). If your arrangement contains lilies, removing the stamens (fluffy orange messy bits) as they open will help to keep your arrangement looking fresh and beautiful for longer.
How do I take care of my roses?
The stem of a rose contains tiny capillaries which allow water to travel to the head. Once a rose has been cut from the plant, the capillaries near the end of the stem close up. It is therefore essential to recut the stems of your roses frequently with a sharp knife or scissors at a 45 degree angle to allow better water flow and to avoid crushing the stem. After re-cutting, your roses should be placed immediately into fresh clean water.
When will my order be delivered?
During the online check out system here on our website, you have the option to choose the delivery date for your order. If there is an issue with that date or we are unable to deliver on your chosen date, you will be contacted by phone/email. Please refer to our delivery page for more information.
We understand that you may have plenty of questions about taking care of your flowers, so make sure you ask us, your local Perth Florist – A Touch of Class, as flowers are our thing after all!
Feel free to give us a call on (08) 9325 3477 today for further information.