What You Will Need

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Vase                Sheers            Flowers             Spritzer              Water               Flower Food

1.. Ready your vase or water-proof container. 

2. Prep all of the flowers by giving them a fresh cut at a 45 degree angle and remove any foliage that may fall below the water line. Any leaves in the water will create bacteria that will shorten the life of your flowers.

3. Begin adding your smaller flowers or accent flowers. I tend to always add asymmetry to my designs, so I placed a few more blooms of clematis on the left side. 

4. Start placing your bigger blooms! These will be your focal flowers, so begin placing them in all the holes in your arrangement. There is value to negative space in floral arrangements, but try to avoid empty space or adding too many flowers. The difference is an arrangement looking organic or overcrowded. 

5. Enjoy! Remember, for a longer lasting bouquet, cut the stems every couple of days and add fresh water to your vase. Happy arranging!

 

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Preparing the Stems

Flowers require some additional preparation after you receive them. The type of preparation depends on the type of flower stem and here are some guidelines to follow:

Hearty Stems
Flowers with hearty (or solid) stems, such as Bombay Celosia, Marigolds, and Statice, need only the diagonal cut to absorb maximum water. They should be left to drink in lukewarm water with preservative for a minimum of one hour before arranging for maximum shelf life.

Hollow Stems
Hollow-stemmed flowers, such as Amaryllis, Bells of Ireland, Dahlias, and Delphiniums, do best when the stems are filled with water. Make sure that at least four inches of the stems is in water so that it will be able to travel up the hollow cavity of the stem.

Soft Stems
Bulb flowers such as Hyacinths, Iris, and Tulips have soft stems and should be cut similar to the hearty stems. Place the flowers in cold water. Since most bulbs bloom when the air and ground are still at low temperatures, they do better in a vase of cold water.

Woody Stems
For woody plants such as Lilac, Dogwood, Flowering Branches, and Heather, be sure to split the stems at the ends rather than smash them. This will keep tissues intact and create more surface area to absorb water.

Care of Cut Flowers in an Arrangement

Here are some general rules that will help you make your cut flower arrangements last:
 

  • Don't overcrowd the flowers in the container.
  • Check the water level in the vase and replenish it frequently.
  • Flowers that go limp are not drinking well and need to be cut again.
  • Always discard wilted blooms.
  • Keep flowers away from drafts, direct sunlight, and ripening fruits, which emit ethylene gas which is a substance that causes buds to remain closed, petals to have poor color, and flowers to have a shortened vase life.