Purchasing Fresh Flowers

Tips and Advice

Selecting your flowers is as easy as choosing the freshest bunch. Of course, if you buy directly from the Brisbane Flower Market the quality and freshness cannot be beaten which makes it an easier decision for you.

Brisbane Flower Market wholesalers can provide you with specific care and advice relating to the type of arrangement and variety of flowers. Be sure to ask when you’re in store, or contact our wholesalers directly here.

Below are some tips to choosing the best bunch of flowers you can find.

  • Turn the bunch upside down and look at the cut stem ends. They should look freshly cut (white/green), if they have split, dark or curling stem ends, they are most likely old flowers.
  • Flowers at any retail outlet should be in water, so check the cleanliness of the water and the container. If the water is not clean and clear, steer away from buying these flowers. Tulips are an exception to this rule, if you find tulips in ‘muddy’ water that’s actually a great sign as that will not harm this flower.
  • Leaves start to die before the flower, so you can look for signs of yellowing or blotching in the leaves as an indication of freshness. This is especially useful when buying lilies or chrysanthemums.
  • Last but not least, have a good look at the flowers and buds. Many flower buds will open well in your vase so choose the bunch with the fewest open flowers. There are a few flowers, like gerberas that need to be bought fully open.

All of our Brisbane Flower Market wholesalers are experts when it comes to choosing the best bunch of flowers, so be sure to ask if you have any questions.

Caring for Fresh Flowers

So now you’ve bought the perfect arrangement, there are a few things you can do to ensure your flowers last for as long as possible.

  • Get your flowers home as quickly as possible, out of the sun and preferably into air conditioning.
  • Have your clean vase ready, fill with cold water and add a sachet of flower preservative. Didn’t get a sachet? Try making your own by mixing 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of plain household bleach and 2 teaspoons of lemon or lime juice.
  • If you have a pre-made arrangement or a bunch of fresh cut flowers – take it out of the wrapping paper, and roll the rubber band or ties away from the stem ends.
  • Cut the flowers’ stems 1-2cm at a 45-degree angle. Use a very sharp knife or scissors to avoid smashing or crushing the stems. Remove the lower foliage that would be submerged in the water. With fresh cut flowers it is important to strip the foliage from the lower half of the stems.
  • Check your arrangement daily and remove any wilted flowers or ones that have gone limp. You can try re-cutting the limp flowers to see if they will freshen up. Check the water level and replenish it with the preservative mixture if necessary.