Make sure your buckets are clean. Use bleach, a cleaning detergent, or a professional sanitizer. Bacteria from contaminated buckets will plug the stems of your fresh flowers and prevent them from properly hydrating. Non-metallic containers are best to use with floral preservatives.
Orchids are often over-watered which harms them. We’ve discovered the best thing to do is to put three ice cubes on the planter weekly and let them melt!
Best initially at about 100° Fahrenheit or what feels warm to touch – the blooms favor warm water.
Strip leaves off the flowers
No leaves should be below the water line. Foliage in the water is a source for bacteria to grow. Train your staff on using the FIFO (First In, First Out) method to properly rotate inventory. The cut-life of roses, carnations, and snapdragons can be doubled by using floral preservatives.