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Flower Arranging Tips and Tricks–Making the Cut

Last week I talked about how to pick the perfect vase for your flower arrangement.  Today I want to share with you some great tips on making sure that your flower are prepared just right for arranging.

Using flowers straight from your garden – If you are lucky enough to have space for a flower garden what better way to show off those flowers in a stunning arrangement for your home, a party or to give as a gift to somebody special.  Preparing those flowers before hand the proper way will help ensure that your creation will not only be beautiful but that it will stay that way for the vase life of the arrangement.

Always make sure to pick your foliage and flowers early in the morning.  This way the sun has not yet come out in full force and the sap will only just be rising the stems




Be sure to cut the stems on an angle.  Cutting them off straight or hammering the stems will increase the chance that bacteria could grown and cause your flowers to wilt prematurely.




Place your cut flowers loosely in a bucket of cool clean water that has been prepared with flower preservative in it.  If you are making a large arrangement, having a second and possibly a third bucket available will help to keep your flowers from being crushed in on each other.  This will also help eliminate the risk of bruised petals.

If you have purchased your flowers from a local florist, flower market or wholesaler, they will come to you already cut and wrapped.  Once you get them home, you will need to re-cut them on an angle, so that the fresh cut stems will be able to absorb water more readily.  You can then place them in buckets just like you would do with flowers chosen from your own garden and get ready to start your creation!

One Response to Flower Arranging Tips and Tricks–Making the Cut

  • Jaz says:

    Thanks for the tips! I’m just new into these things and still trying to study the flower care basics thru research and various readings. This one will surely stick to my mind.

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