Remove flowers from box by cutting any straps. Do not remove the rubber bands holding the flowers together in a bunch.
Fill containers / vase with at least 4 inches of fresh, cool water. Mix the enclosed pack(s) of floral food in the water to prevent bacteria and give added nutrients to the flowers. Remove any leaves that fall below the water line. Wet leaves will mold or rot and cause bacteria to form and shorten the flower’s vase life. Using sharp scissors or a knife, cut stems diagonally under running water approximately an inch from each stem's bottom edge. This will create a fresh surface to absorb water.
Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared water. Allow flowers at least 4 hours to hydrate well. Most flowers will take up to 8 to 12 hours to properly hydrate. Change water every 24 hours and re-cut stems every 24 to 48 hours to keep flowers fresh. Assure that your flowers have sufficient water. The flowers will drink an exceptionally large amount of water upon arrival.
Remember that exposing flowers to warm environments (outside, a hot room, etc.) will help the flowers bloom, and storing your flowers in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process. Also, keep flowers away from fruits, vegetables and/or plants which produce ethylene gas. Ethylene in the surrounding area could cause your flowers to wilt.