I'm not the best at keeping plants/flowers alive for long periods of time. Probably not the best thing for a lifestyle blogger to admit but a girls gotta be honest. Over the past few years though, my keeping-flowers-alive-skills have improved exponentially. Most of this is due to my mother, who is an MFA flower associate and knows the ins and outs of flowers, plants, and how to keep them looking good.
Luckily, or maybe not so luckily, it seems as though I'm not alone (especially in my age group) in my lack of knowledge in this department. So I decided it would be helpful to share some tips on how to condition flowers when making an arrangement, to keep them looking beautiful for longer. Scroll down for some tips from the master herself.
- If you're cutting your own flowers, cut them early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
- Next, immediately place them in water.
- Strip off any leaves that will fall below the water line as they will add to the bacteria levels in the water.
- Cut the stems with a sharp knife or floral scissors on a diagonal. This creates a larger surface for the water to be absorbed.
- Fill your pretty container 3/4 of the way full with water and add floral preservative (if you have it).
- If you're styling an arrangement, it helps to use waterproof floral tape to create a grid at the opening of your container. Some people prefer to use oasis which helps keep the flowers right where you place them, but it's not the most green method.
- Change water daily to keep them fresh longer. It's best to keep them out of the direct sunlight, in a cool spot.
- Enjoy those beauties!
Side note: There are a few types of flowers that require different conditioning methods, so it's always a good idea to double check (aka google) before you start.
In this arrangement we used Rosemary, Dahlias, Blushing Bride Proteas, Ferns and Pieris Japonica.