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Mon Amie TLC


With just a little care and attention, you can make your flowers last so much longer for your enjoyment.  

Here’s some simple steps to beautiful, longer lasting blooms!


Conditioning Your Flowers

  • Make sure any vase or vessel is clean and free of any bacteria. Bacteria in vessels is one of the biggest reasons that flowers go over too quickly.

  • Flower food is essential to help to nourish your blooms to keep them looking lovely for longer. 

  • Remove any foliage from lower down the stem so that it's not submerged in water - this causes bacteria.

  • Trim the ends of your flowers at an angle before you put them in water – this allows maximum surface area for uptake of water.


Caring For Your Flowers

  • Refresh and top up your flower water regularly.

  • Re-trim the ends and remove any flowers little by little as they go over. Different flowers last different lengths of time so this maximises your enjoyment of your lovely blooms.

  • Keep your flowers away from any direct heat sources such as radiators, heaters and sunny windowsills. Keep away from fresh fruit and vegetables too.

  • See care for some specific flower varieties below.


Sharing Your Flowers

  • We would love to see your finished floral creations in situ. Please tag @monamieliving on social.



Specific Flower Care



  • Roses have quite woody stems which can often benefit from being submerged in 2cm of boiling water for 30 seconds before you put them into your vase. This allows the tubes to open up for maximum water uptake.

  • Roses also often have discoloured petals around the flower’s outer edge. It’s not a sign that the Rose is about to go over - they have been left on to protect the flower and you can carefully remove these petals before you display them. 



  • Tulips are known to bend with gravity so bear this mind if you prefer your stems to remain tall and upright by choosing a vase that will support them. 

  • A copper coin dropped into the vase will also assist in keeping the stems upright.

  • Tulips keep growing after they’ve been cut. You might love the wild bendy look (we do!) – but if not, simply trim the ends at an angle more frequently.

  • Tulips also grow towards the light, so keep rotating your vase so stop them veering off in one direction.

  • Softer tulip stems prefer a shallower amount of water in their vase to stop the stems from getting soggy and bendy. It’s better to add water little and often to ensure your stems last as long as possible.



  • Lily flower heads can bruise easily so handle the stems with care.

  • Once delivered, Lilies will open up within the first 24-48 hours after being put in water. They don’t always open at the same rate so remove heads that go-over quicker so that you can enjoy them all for the maximum amount of time. Cut wilted heads as close to the main stem as possible.

  • Lily pollen is known for staining skin, clothing, carpets and furniture so be careful when the flowers open. You can remove the pollen by plucking it from the stamen of the flower – it will not affect the life or beauty of the flower if you remove it – but we do suggest wearing gloves, so your hands don’t get stained!



  • Freesias have 4-6 tubular flowers that bloom in succession. Remove any wilted flowers from the top of the stem so that you can enjoy the others below for longer.

  • Freesias enjoy being kept out of direct sunlight - in a cooler temperature with high humidity.

  • Like many flowers, Freesias are sensitive to the ethylene gas that is produced by many fruits – especially bananas – so keep them away from your fruit bowl.