2. Make sure all tools are clean and sharp and all containers clean and free from any bacteria. Bacteria will encourage deterioration of the flowers.
3. Most flowers will come wrapped in cellophane and have elastic band holding the bunches together. Remove all wrapping and elastic bands as soon as you get home.
5. Remove all leaves that will end up below the waterline in the vase or container. Any leaves submerged in water encourage bacterial growth and that will make the flowers deteriorate quicker.
6. Cut the bottom of the stems at an angle. This is to allow maximum surface to absorb water and to prevent the stems from sitting flush against the bottom of the container.
9. Leave the flowers in a cool and dark place for at least a few hours – preferably overnight. This will give the flowers time to recover and to absorb water.
10. When making the final arranging in a vase or container you will probably have to re-cut the flower stems again to an appropriate length for your vase or container.
Have a Creative Floral Day!
See you soon again!
[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]