You’ve safely got your flowers home from the farmers’ market. Now what?
Give the stems a fresh cut when you get home, even if you aren’t ready to put them in their final vase or arrangement. Remove at least ½” with clean snips, scissors or even a clean knife. Some varieties, such as tulips will benefit from cutting the stems and letting the flowers rehydrate in fresh water before removing the paper bouquet wrap. Prep your vase with cool water and flower food. Half the packet of flower food is usually sufficient.
Our premium bouquets are created as a hand-tied spiral bouquet. The stems all follow the same spiral direction. Check the height of the bouquet to your vase. Trim the stems accordingly. Hold your bouquet at the “pinch point” where all the stems cross. If using a clear vase, carefully remove the rubber band or twine. Place the flowers into the vase while holding the pinch point before releasing. The bouquet should keep its shape. But feel free to rearrange as desired. If you are using an opaque vase, you can choose to keep the bouquet bound if you desire.
Pick a vessel with a small opening that isn’t much bigger than the circumference of the stems of your bouquet. Arrange your flowers as desired. Don’t hesitate to cut the stems much shorter. A good rule of thumb is for your vase to be 1/3 or 2/3 of your total arrangement height.
Change the water every day or two for the longest lasting flowers.
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