12. Make Them Last
If you’re going to go through all of the effort to put together your own flower arrangement, you want to make sure it lasts, right!? Other than cutting the stems at an angle and removing any foliage that would be under the water line, I wanted to know what I could add to the water to keep my cut flowers looking perky for longer. And, honestly, after reading up on it, I’m not convinced that adding bleach, soda, or vinegar to the water does more good than harm.
The only thing that seems to double the life span of my floral arrangements is popping them in the fridge at night before bed. I’m lucky enough to have an extra fridge in my garage that I leave space in for this exact reason, and it is probably the most important step if you really want your flowers to last! I suppose there is a reason flowers are kept in the fridge at most florists.
Changing the water as soon as it starts to look anything less than clear is also very helpful. For flowers that have a thick, hard stem, try pounding the ends with a hammer to help them absorb water better. I’ve also found that hairspray sprayed on the underneath part of fragile flowers keeps them from losing their leaves and drooping as fast. You can also lightly mist the rest of the bouquet for longevity.
13. Boring to Beautiful
I can’t help but pick up a bouquet of flowers just about every time I’m at the grocery store, but it can be intimidating to most people arranging them in a vase. Unfortunately, you can’t just plop them in there and expect them to look beautiful, but with the help of the tape grid that we talked about or the use of an Easy Arranger, you can arrange your flowers like a pro!
For your basic arrangement, cut your stems so that they are about 1. 5 times the height of your vase. After cutting and cleaning off the foliage on your flower stems, separate your bouquet by flower and filler type before beginning. Start by creating a foundation and shape for your flowers by using your large greenery and focal flower(s) first. Then fill in the gaps with your remaining flowers and fillers, insuring that they are all at slightly different heights. You can read more tips like this over at Earnest Home!