5 Tips for Keeping Your Valentine's Day Flowers Alive Even Longer
Valentine's Day is a magical day (or weekend, this year!), especially if you just got a surprise bouquet of fresh-cut florals from your bae. But if you notice some quick wilting, it's time for emergency floral care. Cameron Hardesty, director of products for UrbanStems, shares her top five tips for keeping flowers thriving long after Valentine's Day ends.
Start with where you buy your flowers; the closer you can get to the day they were cut, the longer they'll last. So try to buy directly from the farm, if possible.
As soon as your flowers get home, re-cut them, snipping about half an inch from the bottom of the stems, and put them in fresh water. Re-cut your stems every other day, and change the water to keep them well hydrated.
Add flower food (most florists will include flower food with your order) to the vase. If you don't have any flower food, you can easily make your own.
- 1 quart water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- splash of bleach
Growing plants love light, but cut flowers hate it. Keep your flowers out of direct light — both sunlight and artificial — to keep them looking fresh for longer.
But if you have, for instance, two dozen tight roses, and you want to make them look fuller for Valentine's Day, re-cut them and put them in very warm water. Change the water when it cools, and repeat the process until the roses begin to open. Warm water and heat encourage flowers to open, which will make your Valentine's Day flowers even more impressive. Just be sure to re-cut your stems every time you give them fresh water.
From using pins to secure moss to mixing fruit with flowers, try out these simple tips to create beautiful and lively floral arrangements for your seasonal tablescapes.
Many beautiful flowers contain pollen in their stamens which can easily stain fabrics or furniture. Before completing your arrangement, be sure to remove any stainable pollen from the leaves. This is especially common in stargazer lilies which produce a deep rusty red pollen which will quickly damage textiles.
Metal Greening Pins
Sometimes loose, organic materials, such as moss, can add gorgeous color and texture to an arrangement; however, it's not that easy to make these materials sit securely. The trick to keeping moss pieced together randomly is to secure the moss to floral foam with metal greening pins.
Vase in a Vase
Professional florists have been using sliced fruit wheels to decorate clear vases. To create this look, you'll need two square or rectangular vessels slightly varying in width and height. Place the smaller vase inside of the larger one, then fill the space between them with sliced fruit wheels. Once in place, use the inner vase for your main floral.
Ever wonder how florists make single-stemmed roses sit so perfectly together? It's the result of creating a grid with floral tape. Unfurl a spool of floral tape, then create a grid by securing tape on each side of the vessel. With each of the small squares of the grid measuring approximately 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch, insert each single-stem flower for a perfectly unified look.
Anytime you're working with commonplace flowers, such as daisies or carnations, be creative with your vases to add personality and make them unique. A cost-effective option is repurposing a tin can, which simply requires a thorough washing before adding any floral and water.