With the joy and celebrations of the holiday season quickly descending upon us, we are already in the midst of decorating and making things super festive around the house. Whether you are adding holiday floral arrangements to your home or getting or giving them as gifts, Flower Muse has you covered with some tips for keeping those arrangements fresh and beautiful all season long! In need of flowers for yourself or for someone else? Be sure to visit the Flower Muse website, which allows you to purchase flowers wholesale.
What’s the best way to make a flower arrangement last?
- Use the freshest flowers possible (farm direct flowers are a great way to ensure you’re not getting flowers that are already weeks old).
- Make sure you’re caring for the flowers properly. That means using a clean vase and giving the flowers a fresh cut and change of water on a regular basis.
- Keep your flowers out of direct sunlight and heat. Your blooms will last a lot longer if they are kept cool and in low light and also stored away from fruit (they emit ethylene gas, which speeds up the aging process).
What’s the first thing you should do with flowers you buy yourself (i.e. ones you pick up from the grocery store or order from Flower Muse!)?
- You’ll want to hydrate the flowers immediately. That means giving them a fresh diagonal cut (this exposes more surface area for the flower to drink up water) and putting them right away into clean water (typically room temperature is best for most blooms).
- You never want to cut a stem and then leave the flower out for too long. This can allow air to enter the stem, which can impact the hydration process and potentially cause droopy blooms.
- It’s best to allow the flowers to hydrate at least four to six hours before arranging them.
Do you have any tips for easy DIY arrangements for Thanksgiving?
- The easiest arrangements are mono-botanical and monochromatic; that means using the same color of only one type of flower—all roses, all ranunculus, etc. When you use only one flower type in the same color, it’s easy to group the blooms into a vase and have a very chic and beautiful arrangement. You don’t have to worry about balancing color or different bloom shapes.
- If you want to feature more than one type of flower, buy a mix all in the same color. The easiest way to arrange the flowers is to group each flower type in a separate vase and cluster the vases together to create a centerpiece. You’ll get great volume and texture of different blooms without having to sweat over a complicated arrangement!
Is there a special way to care or cut roses?
- If you’re getting roses farm direct, that means they’ll usually arrive still wrapped in cardboard. We’ve found that leaving the cardboard on for six to eight hours helps keep the stems/blooms straight and upright so that the roses can more easily hydrate.
- After the initial six to eight hours in water, you can then remove the cardboard wraps and allow the roses to continue hydrating.
- Another thing about farm direct roses is that you’ll notice there is minimal trimming of thorns and leaves—that’s done on purpose. When you remove thorns or trim off leaves, this exposes the stem, which is an opportunity for bacteria to enter the rose. So it’s best if this is done once roses have arrived at their final destination and only as much as needed. That said, you definitely want to trim off any leaves that fall below the water line because leaving them there will dirty up your water faster and create bacteria, which will impact the vase life of your roses.
- You might have heard that you should cut roses under water. This is to avoid any air from entering into the stem. This is often not the easiest to do and in our experience, it’s not really necessary. Just make sure you use sharp tools to cut the stems at a diagonal and immediately place the roses in water (warm water is best for the initial hydration, but room temperature would be fine, too).
What are the best in-season blooms to use in Thanksgiving arrangements?
- Roses are always a great choice because they come in a wide range of colors and are easy to arrange.
- For something long-lasting, mini calla lilies (especially in white) are our go-to flower. Callas do best in only an inch of water and can last weeks (sometimes even months!).
- For fluffier blooms, we love ranunculus mixed with garden roses (if you’re up for a splurge, include peonies)!