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Flower Info

A little extra care can make a big difference for any size flower arrangement or fresh flower bouquet. Most floral arrangements last 5-7 days or longer, depending on the flowers used and the care they receive. The Society of American Florists provides these tips for longer-lasting, more vibrant flowers:

Photography of a Flower Arrangement

Care for Flower Arrangements

Keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food provided by your florist. Flower foods provide sugars, balance ph and limit bacterial growth. It is important to follow the mixing directions on the food packet. Most packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of water. Do not dilute with more water than is specified on the packet.

Check your arrangement daily to make sure it has plenty of clear fresh water. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife or scissors that will not crush the stems. Immediately place the stems into warm solution or deeply and firmly back into floral foam.

Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or near appliances. Heat from appliances or hot and cold drafts cause flowers to dehydrate.

 
Photography of Boxed Roses

Care for Loose Bunches or Boxed Flowers

Keep your flowers in a cool place until you can get them in a flower food solution. Don't forget how important it is to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. Fill a clean (washed with a detergent or antibacterial cleaning solution), deep vase with water and add a flower food from your florist. Remove leaves that will be below the waterline to deter bacterial microbial growth that will limit water uptake by the flower. Re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife or scissors. Place the flowers in the vase solution you've prepared.

If you purchase loose flowers for your own arrangements you should also consider these tips: When selecting flowers, look for flowers with upright, firm petals and buds beginning to open. Yellow, spotted or drooping leaves are signs of age. When using woody stems and branches (such as quince, forsythia or lilac), cut the stem with sharp pruning shears. Place them in warm water containing fresh flower food to promote flower opening.

 

Care

Making your flowers last longer

 

Each cut flower variety has a different life expectancy. When buying flowers, be sure to ask your florist how long you should expect your arrangement to last. Whatever variety you choose, a little TLC will go a long way to keep your blooms looking fresh longer. Here are a few handy tips that can help add days to their beauty!


Floral food and why you should use it

 

Floral food is a combination of additives that help to nourish the flowers and discourage bacteria from growing in the water. It is one of the best -- and easiest -- ways to extend the life of your flowers. It is very important to follow the directions on the package correctly. Improperly mixed floral food can do more harm than good.


When your flowers arrive in wet foam

 

Keep the floral foam soaked in water. The floral food added at the time of design by your florist will stay active.


When your flowers have woody stems and branches (such as Quince, Forsythia, or Lilac)

 

Cut the stem with sharp pruning shears. Place in warm water containing fresh floral food to promote flower opening.


WARNING..regarding cats and lilies

 

According to the National Animal Poison Control Center, certain types of lilies can cause renal failure in cats that have ingested any part of the lily. We strongly suggest keeping lilies out of the reach of cats. For more information, contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at www.aspca.org/apcc or call 888-426-4435. It is important to note that lilies do not pose a problem for other pets or humans.


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Eastern Floral is your local florist in Grand Rapids, Holland, Grand Haven and throughout West Michigan

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Ordering flowers online has never been easier! Select from our wide variety of seasonal flowers, bouquets, green plants, dish gardens, blooming plants, blooming garden baskets, edible delicacies, and gourmet baskets.

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Eastern Floral is a local florist offering floral delivery in Grand Rapids MI, as well as Holland, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and surrounding areas in West Michigan.

Send Flowers, Plants & Gifts for Any Occasion!

We offer the perfect selections for any occasion, including birthday flowers, anniversary flowers, get well soon flowers, new baby flowers, sympathy and funeral flowers, and much more. And, of course, don't ever underestimate the power of a "just because" arrangement or gift. Those are the best kind! We also offer seasonal and specialty selections for New Year's flowers, Valentine's Day flowers, St. Patrick's Day flowers, Easter Flowers, Mother's Day flowers, Father's Day flowers, 4th of July flowers, Halloween flowers, Thanksgiving flowers, Hanukkah and Christmas flowers!  We, of course, help you express your sympathy through funeral flowers and deliver flowers to all area funeral homes include Zaagman Memorial Chapel, Reyers North Valley Chapel, Stroo Funeral Home, Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes, Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuaries, Cook Funeral Homes, Clock Funeral Homes, Dykstra Funeral Homes, Gillespie Funeral Home, Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home,  Klaasen Funeral Home, Lakeshore Memorial Chapel, Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Homes, Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home, O'Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Home, Pederson Funeral Home, Ronan-Vanderpool-Stegenga Funeral Home, Roth Gerst Funeral Home, Stegenga Funeral Chapel, VanZantwick-Bartels-Kammeraad  Funeral Homes, VanderLaan Funeral Home, and Yntema Funeral Home.

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Eastern Floral also offers floral delivery across the US and Canada, and even worldwide, with our relationships with Teleflora and FTD.

It’s no wonder Eastern Floral has been considered West Michigan's premiere flower shop for over 60 years!

With a strong, established reputation in Grand Rapids, Holland, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and surrounding areas, it's no wonder Eastern Floral is also the area's top Wedding and Special Event florist. Planning events all budgets is easily and professionally handled by your personal Special Event Consultant, who is available to you 24/7. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or browse our Wedding Gallery to see some of our past designs!

With some of the industry’s most talented floral designers, a top notch customer service team, and professional delivery drivers always available to hand-deliver your flower arrangements, we find it easy to stand by our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee in an ongoing effort to “Exceed Your Expectations."

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