Hundred Acre Floral

10 Florist secrets to get you Designing like a Pro

10 Fresh Flower Tips & Tricks

Tip 1 – When shopping for fresh flowers… 

When shopping for fresh flowers, look for flowers with closed blooms.  If the blooms haven’t opened the flowers will last much longer.

Tip 2 – When shopping for roses for your bouquet, you should always…

When shopping for roses to include in your bouquet – a great florist tip:  gently squeeze the bottom of the bloom.  If the bottom of the bloom is soft the rose will only last a day or two longer.  If it’s firm – buy it.  It should last close to a week.  Before buying roses always check the bottom of the bloom.

Tip 3 – Cutting the stems

Floral Care:  Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle about an inch from the bottom of the stem.  Cutting the stems at an angle hydrates the stems.  Stems that aren’t cut at an angle sit on the bottom of the vase unable to absorb the water.

Tip 4 – Flower arrangement techniques

Flower arrangement techniques: You can use different methods to hold the stems in place.  One way is to use scotch tape on top of the vase in a crisscross pattern.  This is a simple florist shortcut to make your designs more professional. 

Tip 5 – Create a fresh flower arrangement with floral foam

When creating a fresh flower arrangement using wet floral foam soak the foam in water before placing it in the vase.  Add water to a container or a sink, twice the height of the foam.  Add flower food to the water, then the floral foam.  If the wet floral foam has holes on one side add the foam to the water with the holes down.  Let the foam slowly sink to the bottom.  This allows the foam to absorb the water properly.  Never force the foam down in the water as this can create dry spots in the foam.

Tip 6 – Keep your flowers fresh longer

Removing leaves from the flower stems will keep the flowers fresh longer.  Leaves that sit in the water collect bacteria which can be damaging to the flower stems.

Tip 7 – Florist tip for flowers beginning to wilt 

Revive Flowers.  Florist tip for flowers beginning to wilt.   Before tossing your flowers try reviving your floral arrangement. Try this – Fill a large container with lukewarm water.  Submerge the entire bouquet in the water.  While the flowers are under the water trim the flower stems an inch or two at a 45-degree angle with scissors. Leave the flowers in the water for 20 to 30 minutes.  Clean the vase you’ll use for the flower bouquet.  Place the flowers in the vase with clean water and flower food.

Tip 8 – Give your flowers a fresh cut

A common mistake people make when they receive flowers is forgetting to give the stems a fresh cut.  Be sure to cut the stems every couple of days and add the flower food packet that comes with your arrangement.

Tip 9 – Keeping your flowers fresh

Don’t place your flowers in direct sunlight. Fresh flowers will begin to dry out when placed in sunlight, near a fan or heating and cooling vent.

Tip 10 – Extend the life of your flowers

If you want to extend the life of your flowers put them in the refrigerator overnight.  Your refrigerator at home will work perfectly for your flower bouquet.   Flowers like cooler temperatures and will last longer when refrigerated overnight.

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