Having cut flowers kept fresh for a relatively long period of time is helped with proper hydration and conditioning following receipt of your flowers. To achieve a long flower vase life, cut stems with floral shears at an angle since this allows water to be better absorbed. Then, place your flowers in filtered (non chlorinated) water. A bucket filled with up to 3-4 inches is generally sufficient. To help add "energy" to your diy flowers and promote vase life, add floral preservative to your water before cutting your stems. It takes a minute for flower stems to begin to dry and seal up so quick placement of flowers in water is important. Keep flowers at a cool temperature and out of direct light. Ample humidity is also recommended. Furthermore, prior to cutting your stems, remove any foliage that might fall under the bucket's water level to prevent bacteria buildup. Replace water every 2-3 days with floral preservative (or table sugar as a substitute). Flowers should be placed in cleaned containers. Preferably use plastic or glass containers when hydrating flowers.
Do not place flowers into metal, clay, or stone containers since these materials may contain elements that are harmful for the flowers. If your diy wedding flowers have long stems, place them in deep containers to avoid that the stems break or bend.
How to Treat Fresh Flowers that Tend to Bend or Wilt
Flowers such as snapdragons, gerberas, and some spray roses tend to bend since they have hollow stems.You can use floral wire to straightening flowers when arranging them. Insert the wire inside of the stem strong part above the bent area and below the flower head. To give the stem a natural look, wrap floral tape around the stem to cover the wire.
Additional tips to straighten wilted flowers include submerging the flowers upside down into cold water for at least 2-3 hours or rolling individual stems on tight damp paper or a piece of newspaper and lining them up for 3-4 hours. Make sure that when wrapping individual stems, the paper is very tight and secured with tape, a rubber band, or staples to ensure that the stems will be 100% straight. Once all the stems are rolled in paper place them into water for more than a few hours.
How to Treat Fresh Flowers that Tend to Break
2. Choose greens and fillers that will enhance the flowers selected. Sometimes few flowers and greens look more stunning and sophisticated.
Tips to Make Bridal Bouquets, Corsages, and Boutonnieres for Your Wedding
1. Select the type of flowers, fillers and greens that will match the brides color theme.
2. For bride and bridesmaid bouquets, we recommend a simple selection of fresh cut flowers and greens. Sometimes having only the same type and color of flower without fillers and greens makes bouquets more exclusive and the bride looks more elegant.
4. The boutonnieres can use some of the same flowers or colors used for the bride and bridesmaid bouquets. They can be made with a single flower or a flower and a little bit of greens (e.g., letter leaf, gypso, solidago, hypericum). The stems need to be cut very close to the head of the flower leaving some space to tighten the flowers and greens. Use floral tape or twine to wrap the boutonnieres and add a little cloth pin to the back of each boutonniere.