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Flower Care & Handling

How to Make Flowers Last Longer

August 30, 2012

Make a Simple Floral Bouquet Last Up to Three Weeks

It has been scientifically proven that flowers make people feel good. According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health – flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.

By following the simple flower care and handling tips that I have provided, you can get those good feelings to last longer! Continue Reading…

Flower Care & Handling

Caring for Cut Flowers in Five Easy Steps

August 20, 2012

Care for Cut Flowers In Order to Keep Them Fresh 

Step One: Always use clean vases or containers. Bacteria in the water will shorten the life span of your flowers. Household bleach is an excellent cleaning agent for your floral containers.

Caring for Cut Flowers by Cutting Under Water

Step Two: Have your vase ready before working with the flowers. Fill the container about ¾ full with warm water and floral food (according to packet directions). Of course, I always have extra packets of floral food at my house, because I always have fresh flowers. If you buy flowers from a florist they will give you packets to use at home – why not ask for a few extra so that you have them on hand too. If you find yourself without a commercially prepared food click here for a version that you can make yourself. Continue Reading…

Flower Care & Handling

Homemade Floral Food

August 18, 2012

How to Make Your Own Food For Flowers

There are 3 ingredients that are helpful when trying to keep your flowers fresh and long-lasting. They are:

  • Sugar – provides nutrition for flowers
  • Citric acid – acts as an acidifier and lowers the ph level of the water
  • Bleach – prevents bacteria growth in the vase

Here are a few do-it-yourself options that I have come across:

  • One part lemon lime soda (7-Up, Sprite) to 3 parts of water
  • Two tablespoons lemon juice, one tablespoon sugar, one quarter teaspoon bleach to one quart of water
  • Two tablespoons of white vinegar and two tablespoons of sugar to one quart of water
Flower Care & Handling, How-To's

Make The Most Of Your Graduate’s Corsage

May 26, 2012

Tips on Choosing Your Grads Corsage!

The summer weather is here and that can only mean one thing; graduation time! Whether graduating kindergarten or college, it is a blissful, bittersweet celebration. This is their day to shine, and what is a better way to make the day even more memorable then giving them a one of a kind wrist corsage that will complement their personality and spirit. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your graduate’s corsage!

  • Flower buds are good choices when creating wrist corsages. Buds are beginning to bloom retain color and scent for a longer period of time
  • Depending on what kind of look you’re going for, for a dramatic look, one large flower such as the Catteiya, is a classic type of orchid available in practically every color except true blue.
  • The more colors in the corsage, the more lively the corsage will look.
  • Durable flowers, besides the regular roses or carnations are orchids, calla lilies and daisies.
  • Gerbera daisies and carnations are the least expensive, and come in a large variety of colors that make them perfect for any occasion.

Hope these tips help make the most of their (or your own) special day!

Flower Care & Handling

How To Keep Your Valentine Roses Alive For Weeks

March 21, 2012

If you were the lucky recipient of a beautiful floral arrangement from someone special this Valentine’s Day, you want the flowers to last as long as possible. Learn how to keep your Valentine roses alive for up to two to three weeks with these simple steps:

  • After 2-3 days it is best to change the water and re-cut the flowers for maximum longevity. I recommend removing the entire bouquet from its original vase and placing it in another container while you change the water. Continue Reading…
Flower Care & Handling

Flower Care

September 16, 2008

I believe that having flowers in your life on a regular basis, no matter how simple, makes your life a little nicer and a little more special. I will be sharing many ideas and tips on creative ways to bring flowers into all aspects of your life. Hopefully you’ll also be the recipient of many gifts of flowers. With that said, I thought it would be helpful to give you a few tips on the care and handling of fresh cut flowers. The more of these tips you follow, the longer your flowers will last. We’ll start with the basics and I will add helpful tips and information on seasonal flowers, tools of the trade, and design techniques as we go along, so remember to check back and see what’s new.