Scilly flower care

How to care for your flowers

Your flowers may be dehydrated after their journey from the Isles of Scilly but will perk up if you follow these instructions.

How to care for you scented narcissi

Cut 2.5cm (1") from the bottom of the stems.

How to care for you scented pinks

Remove foliage that sits below the water line.

How to care for your Scilly flowers

Add the flower food to nice clean water.

Flowers like... 

...cool places away from sources of direct heat like direct sunlight or radiators.
...clean water, if the water goes cloudy there are a lot of bacteria that will reduce vase life.
...being away from fruit because as it ripens it gives off gas that will effectively ripen your flowers! 
...not being in metal containers as they neutralise the effect of the flower food.

Scilly flowers don't like heat fruit or dirty water

Top tip No.1

If the water goes cloudy, re-cut the stems, clean the container and replace the water.

Top tip No.2

If any flowers go past their best, remove them so the others last longer.

Bad flowers?

Occasionally when sending a fresh product things go wrong and no amount of care will revive dead or badly damaged flowers! Please get in touch so we can put things right. Call: 01720 422169 Email: [email protected]

Perfectly natural

Scented narcissi naturally have a brown papery covering, called a spathe. It's perfectly natural and not a sign that the flowers are dead.

We send flowers less open than shown in many of our pictures. We do this so they will open up with you and give more enjoyment.  

Some varieties of narcissi are naturally 'leggy' and as they open the flower heads droop a little, this is not a sign of poor quality flowers

More advice?

If you would like more detailed information about how to care for your flowers we have gleaned some great advice from green fingered customers who have got maximum enjoyment from their flowers. 

Different varieties, different vase life 

You can expect different flowers to have different vase lives. Our two main flower crops are scented narcissi, over the winter and scented pinks in the summer. We send quite a few other varieties through the year and are always on the hunt for flowers that will grow successfully on the Isles of Scilly and travel well in the post.

Scented narcissi

Sent: October - April

Vase life: 5-7 days

Grown: Isles of Scilly

Scented pinks

Sent: May - September

Vase life: 7-10 days

Grown: Isles of Scilly

Daffodils

Sent: Christmas and spring

Vase life: 5-7 days

Grown: Isles of Scilly & UK

Tulips

Sent: February - April 

Vase life: 7-10 days

Grown: UK

Spray carnations

Sent: various times in the summer

Vase life: 7-10 days

Grown: outside of the UK

Notes: only sent when we have no Scilly flowers 

Mixed bouquets

Sent: most of the year

Vase life: 5-10 days

Grown: Isles of Scilly, UK & outside of the UK

Notes: we arrange Scilly flowers with flowers from elsewhere 

Belladonna lilies

Sent: September

Vase life: 5-7 days

Grown: Isles of Scilly

Notes: very short season

Gladioli

Sent: April - May

Vase life: 5-7 days

Grown: Isles of Scilly

Notes: very short season

Ixia

Sent: April

Vase life: 7-10 days

Grown: Isles of Scilly

Notes: very short season

Iris

Sent: April

Vase life: 5-7 days

Grown: Isles of Scilly

Notes: very short season

Scillas

Sent: May- June

Vase life: 7-10 days

Grown: Isles of Scilly

Notes: blue flowers in picture, very short season

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