Flower Arranging Tips

Tips For Beginning Flower Arranging

Fresh flowers can add beauty to any room. Learning how to properly arrange flowers can save you a lot of expense instead of relying on a florist to arrange them for you. Before you cut any flowers to begin your design you will need to determine what type of arrangement you want to have. There are several different types of flower arrangement styles and in order to successfully showcase your flowers you will need to take the size of the space where you want to place the flowers into consideration. Flowers can be arranged in several types of styles such as oval, crescent, triangle, minimal, vertical and horizontal arrangements. Understand the space where you want to put your arrangement and decide what will look best. Then you can choose which flowers to use.


How to Store Flowers

It is always best to use fresh flowers as soon as possible after you have cut them. If you can not use them right away they must be kept cold, preferably in a refrigerator. Most floral arrangements consist of one focal flower and then some fill-ins that look nice with next to the main flower.


What Flowers Work Together

When you are arranging flowers you want to begin with a base for your creation. The base traditionally comes from greenery. Ferns, eucalyptus, ivy and grape vine are some types of greens that you can use as your base. From there you will need to determine which flowers to pair together. Typically the main flower in your arrangement will be one that only has one flower blooming on it per stem such as a rose, sunflower, peonies, callas, and zinnias. Filler flowers are used to give the bouquet some added color and depth. Here are a few of the more common flower pairings that people like to use

· A base of eucalyptus with roses, baby’s breath and asters

· A base of bear grass with tulips, lilies and freesia

· A base of ferns with pink carnations, daisy’s and baby’s breath

· A base of ferns with tulips, lilies and roses


How to Get Cut Flowers to Last Longer

Once you have completed your beautiful masterpiece you want it to last as long as possible. There are a couple of things you can do to prolong the life of your floral arrangements.
· Take the flowers out of the vase every couple of days to trim the end of their stems off.
· Add ¼ cup of clear soda to your flowers water. Flowers love the sugar and it perks them up.
· Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar to the water
· Crush an aspirin and add it to the water
· Add a few drops of vodka and some sugar to the water


Whichever method you choose for extending the life of your cut flowers be sure to change out the water every couple of days adding more of whichever preferred treatment you use when you do.

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