replicating floral arrangements from 50 years ago
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replicating floral arrangements from 50 years ago

When my grandmother asked me to plan a renewal ceremony for her and my grandfather, I was honored. She gave me free reign over what was going to happen on the big day. It was to be held on their 50th anniversary at their church, but the rest of the planning was left to me. I took her old wedding pictures and started thinking about what I could do to make that day truly special. That's when I decided to have the flower arrangements made to look just like the ones from the first wedding. It took some digging, but I found out enough about florists to make this part of the planning easy. Learn more about how to replicate flowers from past eras.

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Keeping Blooms Fresh: Preserving Cut Flowers

Julien Riviere

The gift of a blooming bouquet never fails to cheer and delight, and receiving flowers can brighten even the gloomiest of moods. As you place your gorgeous flowers in a special vase, you can't help but wonder if there is some way to keep those cut flowers looking at their peak a little longer than a few days. To gain some tips and advice about making your flowers last longer, read on.

Cut Carefully

Since flowers draw water and nutrients up through their stems, you will need to re-cut the tips of the stems underwater as soon as possible after their arrival. Your previously cut flowers will likely have an air bubble at the location of the last cutting, preventing flow through the stems. Cut the stem on a slant, which will expose a larger pathway for the water to travel. Transfer your re-cut flowers to a freshly cleaned vase with fresh water immediately.

Add The Treatment Mixture

Many bouquets come with a little packet of mysterious white powder to add to the water in the vase. This is probably a sugar, acidifier, and biocide mixture. The sugar provides food, the acidifier hastens the movement of water up the stem and the biocide kills bacteria. Bacteria will grow very quickly on the end of the cut stems and block water flow, causing wilting and death.

Use Home Remedies

If you prefer, you can make your own flower preserver from commonly found household products:

  • Aspirin: Acts as an acid
  • Copper penny: Acts as a natural biocide
  • Lemon-lime soda (not diet): Provides sugar and acid
  • Bleach (½ teaspoon): Acts as a biocide
  • Sugar: Acts as a food source
  • Mouthwash: Acts as all three; sugar, acid and bactericide.

Follow Additional Tips 

For bulbs like daffodils and tulips, fill your vase with cold water. Use lukewarm water for everything else.

  1. Change the water every other day. Be sure to rinse the stems off in the sink before adding more fresh water.
  2. Be sure to display your fresh cut flowers away from heat sources like fireplaces, heaters, direct sunlight and air vents. Large appliances and electronic items also give off enough heat to shorten your flower's life, so place them away from televisions and microwaves.
  3. Keep your flowers away from fruit. Fruits such as apples and bananas release ethylene, which can rot nearby blooms.

Use the tips above to make your lovely blooms last many more days than usual. If you're looking for more advice or tips, contact a local flower store today.


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