How to Arrange Flowers to Keep Them Fresh
Pamper your flowers. Blooms won’t last forever, but they can last long. If you know how to care for your blooms, then you can enjoy your flower arrangement longer than you expected.
If not properly cared for, your flowers could start to wilt after 3 blooming days. But don’t be disheartened just yet, because you can still save them by making some adjustments.
Different kinds of flowers decay at different rates. Check out your vase of flower and pluck out those which have started to wilt and look brownish. Transfer them to a smaller vase, or vases if you prefer to make separate yet simple arrangements from them. If you don’t have vases, you can use teacups, mugs, or jars that have a nice shape.
How to cut the stem. Hold the stem under running water and cut a clean inch with a 45 degree angle. Use either a floral shear or a knife. Trim off 1/2 inch from the ends every other day.
When the stems of your flowers have started to give up and start to droop, you can still be very creative with it. Get a shallow bowl and half-fill it with water. You can dry or scent petals and make them into a potpourri. You can also press the blooms between book pages and use it as decoration or materials for a scrapbook or an art project.
September 6, 2007 Thursday at 6:04 am