Creating an eye-catching floral arrangement isn’t as easy as bunching a few blooms together.
A well-considered yet relaxed large display of flowers takes time and planning but will be a visual treat that makes a statement in the room with it’s burst of colours, textures and heights.
But all this preparation can go to waste quickly if you don’t prepare them to last as long as possible.
These five easy tips will make your investment in real flowers pay off.
1. Slice the stems
Put freshly cut flowers in a bucket of lukewarm water for several hours.
Next, working underwater, cut 25 to 50mm off the stems on a 45° angle using sharp, clean scissors.
2. Avoid overcrowding
Don’t jam a bunch of flowers into a vase that’s too small, as the stems need to breathe.
If they’re crammed together, the stems wilt quickly and release bacteria into the water.
3. Pick the spot
Keep flowers out of direct sunlight and away from cigarette smoke and the fruit bowl, as ripening fruit gives off a gas that causes flowers to wilt faster.
Remove any spent blooms.