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Create Longer Lasting Floral Displays

By: Suzanne Driscoll - Updated: 16 Feb 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Floral Display flowers conditioning

There is nothing more frustrating than spending hours arranging a floral display, only to have everything drooping by the time company arrives. Or worse yet, perhaps you are entering an arrangement in a flower show with your garden club, and the last thing you want is to be embarrassed in front of all the other members.

Choose Fresh Flowers

To achieve longer lasting floral displays, keep in mind the three Cs of flower arranging:

  • Choosing the flowers
  • Conditioning the flowers
  • Containing moisture for the flowers.

Your first key to success is to choose flowers that are obviously fresh. Often this means selecting those that have a lot of small buds. You will want to calculate the timing so the buds are in the right stage of bloom for your floral display. Avoid flowers that are wilted, tinged with brown spots, or are otherwise damaged.

Cutting Flowers Under Running Water

Condition

The next step is the most important. You need to condition and store the flowers until you are ready to use them. First cut the stems at an angle with a sharp knife.

Experts recommend doing this while holding the stem under running water, especially for roses. Until you are ready to start arranging, place the flowers in a vase of lukewarm water. Remove all leaves that will be under water as this is a prime source of bacteria that will prematurely wilt the flowers.

20px breakThen add one of the following to the water to extend the life of the flowers:

  • A spoonful of sugarAdding Sugar to Water
  • A packet of commercial flower food
  • 100 ml. lemon-lime soda mixed with 250 ml. water
  • 2 crushed aspirin and one tablespoon of sugar dissolved in warm water

You will also want to keep the water clean by adding two drops of bleach to prevent the growth of bacteria. Others swear by adding a teaspoon or two of gin, which can also come in handy after designing a difficult arrangement.

Keep the flowers in a cool place away from heat and light. Most of us would not be able to fit them in our refrigerator, so a basement area is ideal. Change the water every day until you are ready to use them.

If you plan to use oasis foam to hold your flower display, soak the foam overnight in water with the holes side down. Floral FoamThe oasis will soak up the water and you will be ready to go.

Now you are ready to make your floral display. Before putting the flowers in place, snip off the end of the stems again. Make sure everything is thoroughly submerged in water or the oasis.

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Cool Temperature

When finished, keep your floral display in a cool room, again away from heat and light. Add water every day, treated with the sugar, aspirin, or commercial flower food, etc. For flowers that stay fresh but have a tendency to droop such as gerbera daisies and sunflowers,Oasis And Plastic Sleeves use small plastic sleeves that can be purchased from any floral supply shop. 20px break Flowers that are known to be naturally long lasting include:

  • Carnations
  • Tulips
  • Hydrangeas
  • Purple statice
  • Lisianthus
  • Sweetheart roses
  • Chrysanthemums

If you follow the above steps, you will have long lasting floral displays that you will be proud to show. Enjoy the fruits of your labor, and don't forget to take a photo for memories that will last forever.

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Hello I want to make a heart funeralwreath for Tuesday how soon can I make itand what are the best flowers to use want it red and white.thank you
Steph - 16-Feb-17 @ 11:28 AM
I'm doing my own flowers for my Mum's funeral.I have a 'MUM', 'NAN', 1 x 48in Cross and 2 x 13in Hearts.How many flowers will I need to cover each part?How many days before they're needed can I make a start on them because I don't have much storage space and am worried they will wilt or get damaged.I've only made posies and sprays before and they were quite time consuming. Thank you for your help. :) Nadine
Nadine - 15-Jan-17 @ 9:02 AM
@holly - I'm afraid we have only just got around to seeing your question today due to the weekend break. I hope the flower arrangements have kept for you.
FloristryExpert - 11-May-15 @ 1:47 PM
holly, so sorry for your loss ..to answer your question, they sure will , chrysanthemum last ages !.. they will be fine . :)
flower girl - 10-May-15 @ 6:38 PM
Hi I'm doing floral tributes for my mothers funeral, i am using fresh chrysanthimums, I have started doing them today, will they still be ok by time the funeral comes round on Tuesday? Thank You
holly - 9-May-15 @ 1:55 PM
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