Making Cut Flowers Last Long

Flowers are like a vibrant life inspirations when they are around bringing on all the positive impacts on your moods and thus on the work that you will do whole day. When ever we prepare floral arrangements our self by picking up flowers from our gardens or when we get it as a gift from someone,cut rose 150x150 Making Cut Flowers Last Long in both ways they mean so much. Sometimes it’s as a gift that we get flowers while for many of the flower lovers it is a part of routine to get a bunch of flowers from the floral section whenever they go to grocery shops. Floral arrangements displayed at homes not only admired by you but also by the people who come to your place. Whenever the cut flowers are gifted or bought by one his or her self the very first thing that comes to mind is about preserving the flowers for longer period of time so they can just keep refreshing themselves and keep realizing how much the person who gifted these flowers love them.

  • Take some cool water but definitely not the freezing one and pour it into a clean vase in which you plan to keep your flowers in. Now take the pack of the commercial floral preservative that you got and add a small amount of it into the water and mix it properly in water either through your hands or with something else about which you can be sure that it would distribute the contents properly in water. If you have bought the flowers from flower stores after coming to home fill your sink with warm water and place the stems immediately into the sink.
  • Now be a little fast and put the cut stems into the vase with prepared solution immediately. Don’t wait till you are done with all keep putting each stem in vase that you are done with. Cut all the leaves that falls under the top of vase so they just do not remain soaked in water of vase because this will promote development of bacteria in the water and will reduce the flower’s life. Place your flower at a place that is away from direct sunlight or cold or warm breezes.
  • Change the water in your flowers every two days so that you can avoid formation of bacteria that may reduce the life of your flowers.

P.S. (You can prepare your homemade preserver and flowers food by taking two teaspoons full of sugar, half teaspoon of chlorine bleach, and one fourth teaspoon of alum. Well there is an alternate too if you do not have alum with you, you can add two table spoon of white vinegar too to the mixture.)

Flowers And Occasions

Flowers And Occasions 150x150 Flowers And OccasionsSince ever flowers have been believed to be the best gift for all occasions and events. Flowers are used not only to express happiness but all the human feeling can be expressed easily through flowers and that is the reason why one can see flowers in a wedding and on someone’s death too. Ancient Greeks lined out a complete language of flowers and since than it became easier to choose flowers to gift someone. Still there are many people who are not aware of the fact very well and do not consider the message that is delivered by a particular flower. Here is a small guide for all of you as to which flowers may be gifted over different occasions or events.

Weddings:

Weddings flower 150x150 Flowers And OccasionsFor wedding in decorations, for bridal bouquets and for gifting the traditional flowers used are:

  • Roses
  • Dahlias
  • Sunflowers
  • Tulips
  • Orchids
  • Peonies

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  • 1st Wedding Anniversary        Carnations/ Pansies
  • 2nd Wedding Anniversary       Cosmos
  • 3rd Wedding Anniversary        Fuchsias
  • 4th Wedding Anniversary      Geraniums
  • 5th Wedding Anniversary        Daisies
  • 6th Wedding Anniversary      Calla Lilies
  • 7th Wedding Anniversary      Jack-in-the-pulpit
  • 8th Wedding Anniversary        Clematis
  • 9th Wedding Anniversary       Poppies
  • 10th Wedding Anniversary     Daffodils
  • 11th Wedding Anniversary     Morning Glory
  • 12th Wedding Anniversary     Peonies
  • 13th Wedding Anniversary      Hollyhocks
  • 14th Wedding Anniversary      Dahlias
  • 15th Wedding Anniversary      Roses
  • 20th Wedding Anniversary       Day Lilies
  • 25th Wedding Anniversary       Iris
  • 28th Wedding Anniversary       Orchids
  • 30th Wedding Anniversary       Sweet peas
  • 40th Wedding Anniversary       Nasturtiums
  • 50th Wedding Anniversary       Violets

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Easter Flowers:

Easter is the occasion celebrated widely all around the world by the Christians. The flowers that are gifted over Easter are:

  • Easter Lilies
  • Pussy Willow
  • All red Flowers (Germany)

Birthday Flowers:

Birthday Flowers 150x150 Flowers And OccasionsIt is best if you know the favorite flower of the person whose birthday it is but if you don’t than birth month flowers are perfect choice.

  • January                                                Carnations
  • February                                              Iris, Violet
  • March                                                  Daffodils
  • April                                                    Daisy, Peonies
  • May                                                     Lily, Lily of the Valley
  • June                                                     Rose
  • July                                                      Delphinium
  • August                                                            Dahlia, Gladiolus
  • September                                           Aster, Forget-me-not
  • October                                               Calendula (Marigold)
  • November                                           Chrysanthemum
  • December                                            Poinsettia, Holly, Narcissus, Paperwhite

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Funeral Flowers:

Funerals are the occasions when you want to deliver your condolences so mostly all around the world light and subdued colors of flowers are chosen for floral arrangements. Traditionally following flowers are used widely over funerals:

  • Chrysanthemums
  • Carnations
  • Roses
  • White Lilies
  • Pink Lilies
  • Yellow Lilies

Tips for Drying Flowers – Method 3

Dry Flowers1 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 3Here is the third and last blog for the series of methods for drying flowers. Now you all have an open choice as to which method you find easiest and most suitable to dry out your flowers. It is always great to dry flowers and secure them for long as mostly we have great memories attached to those flowers. But keep one thing in mind, if you want to dry flowers don’t wait for your fresh flower to wilt or droop you need to start the drying process with the fresh flowers. Before you start drying keep one thing in your mind that you’ll need to remove any withered or damaged petals off the flower.

Drying Flowers Using Microwave:

Drying Flower 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 3If you like dry flowers but you just don’t have the patience enough to wait for till that long than you have a way out and that is drying your flowers through microwave. Drying flowers through microwave is a fast and effective way. It is a little difficult to dry flowers through microwave because than you need to be a little careful as the results may be not as desirable as they can be through air drying. All that works in microwave drying is the try and experience. The more experience you have the more will be your expertise to choose the right time for drying your flowers. When you dry your flowers in microwave you need to be more careful in selecting the flowers. They should be at their prime else they may turn out to be ugly brown in color. Drying in microwave is done with the drying agents. Place a layer of half inch in the box and then place the Dry Flower 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 3flower in it covering it than again with the drying agent. Place the flower in the microwave and do keep a small bowl of water beside the flower in microwave. After every minute or a half you will need to rotate the flower. Almost all the flowers get dried perfectly within 3 minutes but sometimes a rose may take about three and a half minutes. Keep checking your flowers for if they have dried every time you rotate them. When you think your flower is done and cooked well take it out of the microwave but do not remove it immediately from the drying agent. Let it rest and settle for few hours. Again experimenting will make you get to know better that how long any of the flowers is needed to be left in the drying agent. This time can be any where from 8 hours to about 24 hours.

Most Popular Wedding Flowers

Popular Wedding Flowers 150x150 Most Popular Wedding FlowersWedding can be said to be gone perfect only when it appears chic and beautiful to the bride and groom and to the guests too. Flowers play a very vital role in the perfection of décor in church and at the reception area both. In a wedding flowers are needed for bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres and over all decoration of the hall. Here is the list of some very commonly used wedding flowers which are often used for setting up the wedding themes too.

Calla Lilies:

Calla Liliy wedding flowers 150x150 Most Popular Wedding FlowersCalla lily in white is the most commonly adopted lower for wedding by brides as it sends the message of magnificence and beauty with purity and innocence. Calla lily wedding flowers are not only beautiful; they just ooze a sophisticated elegance that you don’t find in other flowers. There are calla lilies available in variety of sizes and it is not always the larger variety that suits for the bridal bouquets the mini- callas are a good option for a petite bride. Other calla lilies used in flower arrangements and centerpieces are near black callas “schwarzwalder”, mango callas and the bright yellow ones like “golden star”.

Gerberas:

Gerberas wedding flower 150x150 Most Popular Wedding FlowersGerberas turn out to be the best choice because they are available easily round the year and in plenty of colors so the brides more often remain happy with this choice of flowers. Gerberas are also called the gerbera daisies and are the simplest form of flowers. Gerbera daisies are available in shades of following colors:

  • white
  • cream
  • yellow
  • orange
  • pink
  • lilac
  • purple
  • red
  • brown
  • salmon
  • bicolor

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If you want to go for the robust flowers, that appear delicate than your choice should be the Cymbidium Orchids. Cymbidium Orchids have all the capabilities to make a wonderful bouquet for bride and bridesmaid. These are best in another regard too that they can survive for long easily without water so if you know you’ll be getting late your wedding day this is going to be the perfect choice. These are available in the colors;

  • white
  • yellow
  • pink
  • pale green

white orchids 150x150 Most Popular Wedding FlowersPhalaenopsis orchids are a good choice to bring in an additional wow factor to the flower arrangements.

Keep looking out for the second part of this blog in which you can get to know about more flowers that are used for weddings so you can choose the perfect one for you.

Seasonal Wedding Flowers

wedding flower 150x150 Seasonal Wedding FlowersWedding the grand day in any one’s life is always expected by the couple to go perfect. Flowers are an essential part of all the beauty and décor of the wedding from bridal bouquet to the centerpieces and decorations. Here is a guide for you all as to which flowers are available in what season so that you may not face any disappointment on deciding on a flower and than finding out that it’s unavailable.

Winter Wedding Flowers:

Now there is a huge range of flowers available easily in winters too due to techniques used in growing flowers and cause of import from warmer regions too.

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  • Ranunculus (available in white, purple, deep red, orange, yellow and pink)
  • Cymbidium orchids (available in white, yellow and pale green)
  • Gerberas (available in multiple colors)
  • Tulips (available in multiple colors)
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Anigozanthos (available in yellow, pale pearly pink, lime green or rich dark red)
  • Anemones (available in deep and rich colors of purple & red)
  • Amaryllis (available in red, white and white/pink varieties)
  • Nerine (available in pink and white)

Spring Wedding Flowers:

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If you are getting married in spring than this is the best time as you can find the huge variety of flowers with a great choice in colors available.

  • Roses
  • Ranunculus
  • Amaranthus
  • Tulips (available in yellow through to red, white, and mauve/purple)
  • Hyacinths
  • Daffodils (available in yellow and white)
  • Peonies
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Gerberas

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Summer Wedding Flowers:

To your surprise you will get the widest range of flowers in summers as compared to any other time of year. You will get to see numerous flowers for venue arrangement as well as for bridal bouquets.

  • Stock (available in white and pink)
  • Delphiniums (available in blue)
  • Columbine
  • Snapdragons
  • Irises
  • Lilies and calla lilies
  • Gerberas
  • Cockscomb (available in red, yellow and pink)
  • Love-in-a-Mist

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Although most of the people would think that choosing season of autumn for wedding will no leave them with a good choice of flowers available but this is a misconception. Although it is a season of falling leaves but still you’ll get good flowers. Choose the color of season as theme for your wedding like vibrant oranges, dark rich reds and luxurious greens with highlights of yellow and white.

  • Spider protea
  • Calla lilies
  • Gerberas
  • Hypericum berries
  • Leucadendron
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Hydrangeas (available in blue and pink)
  • Dahlias (Available in vibrant yellow to bright red)
  • Roses
  • Orchids

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Here is the list of flowers that are available round the year no matter in what season you get married you’ll get these flowers available.

  • Roses
  • Anthuriums
  • Orchids
  • Tropical flowers
  • Lilies
  • Gerberas (gerbera daisies)

Tips for Drying Flowers – Method 2

dry flowers1 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 2Drying flowers is fun and something that makes us keep feeling the pleasure of the love and care that we receive through flowers for long. First blog of this series have already reached you and here is the other method for you through which you can dry out your flowers.

Drying Flowers Using Drying Agents:

In first blog we got to know how to dry flowers in air. Now the method that you can use to dry flowers is through drying agents. Yes there are numerous materials that are used as drying agents for flowers. Mostly the flat type of flowers like pansies or daisies is best when it comes to drying through these methods. Drying agents that are used for drying flowers are silica gel, sand,dried flowers2 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 2fresh kitty litter and white cornmeal and borax mixture. Among all the drying agents silica gel is believed to be the most effective one. Drying flowers through drying agent would need you to have a dish or tray that is deep enough. In the dish lay an inch high layer of your drying agent. If you have flat flowers like daisies or pansies you can place them facing down in the drying agent and later pouring the drying agent over the flowers. If you have the flowers that have multiple layers of petals than you should place them facing upright in the dish or box whatever you are using. This way you can pour in the drying agent on to the flower making sure that it is completely covered with the agent. For drying flowers using drying agents you need to keep intact the stem of flower at least a half inch long. After you have completely covered your flowers with dryingdrying flower 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 2 agent keep them in the safe area or to accelerate the drying process and making it get done in short time you can use the microwave too. Check a flower for the dryness and if you find them even a little soft cover the flowers back and let them dry until they turn out to be dry completely and feels like paper. When your flowers have dried and you want to store them, wrap them carefully in a sheet of paper or newspaper and put them in a box. You can keep the box in your garage or store room. While you store flowers be careful of rodents or insects. You can use mothballs as a precautionary measure to remain saved from the problem.

Still there is another method left for you before you go for drying flowers, so you can choose the one of your choice that you find the easiest. Keep coming and checking around for the third and last part of this series.

Tips for Drying Flowers – Method 1

drying flowers 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 1People do like to keep the flowers for long with them. Sometimes these flowers are bought by us ourselves and sometimes they remind us of great happy moments as gifted by the very special people in our life over different occasions. Drying flowers and than using them in arrangements and other things help us in saving the flowers for years and helping us in remembering all those golden moments. There are majorly three different ways used to dry flowers. Here is how you can save your flowers too for years.

Air Drying:

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Air drying is the most commonly adopted method by people to dry out flowers. This one is really simple too. Just cut the flowers right after the dew is gone and remove all the foliage off the stems. After you have removed the foliage either hang each flower upside down with the bottom of stem tied to a nail or any thing else with the string. You can either hang each flower separately or form a bunch and hang it after tying it. Keep one thing in mind that hang the flowers always upside down so the petals and flowers head remain straight and doesn’t appear like the drooping ones when kept in vases. If you want to dry only the flower heads than place them on a sheet of paper or news paper. It is very important to provide flowers with appropriate environment for drying. Dry your flowers always in cool dark place because keeping them in sunlight would cause the flowers to fade out. Humidity, temperature, air flow are all the factors over which the time needed for drying the flowers depends over. It may take from 24 hours up to a week for drying flowers depending on their type too. Whatever you do or however you dry your flowers out they should feel like paper when dried and no more soft. After you have dried your flowers keep them out of reach of dried and forced airflow. This may cause the dried flowers to brittle and shatter. To remove the dust off your dried flowers you can use the soft brush or the hair dryer at the lowest possible setting.

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If you want to store your dried flowers than wrap them in the newspaper and place them in the cardboard box. When you store keep one thing in mind that they should remain out of dry or damp air reach. The temperature of storage place will not matter but the air is an extremely important factor.

This is the first method how you can dry up your flowers. Keep checking for the other methods to be shared shortly….. Till than have fun drying your flowers.

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Top Ten Cut Flowers And Their Meaning

top ten flowers 150x150 Top Ten Cut Flowers And Their MeaningThe feelings of love and care can not be expressed any better with anything else than flowers. Cut flowers are widely loved by people all around the world and so are given as gift too. Due to the general likeness of flowers they are supposed to be the best present given over any occasion or even when there is no occasion. It is always great to receive or send or gift someone the flowers. Flowers actually express the love of our loved ones for us. Here is the list of top ten cut flowers bought all around the world and what they actually mean.

  1. 1. Roses
  • Red Rose Sincere love, Courage, Passion, Love you.roses 150x150 Top Ten Cut Flowers And Their Meaning
  • Pink Rose Grace, Elegance, Joyfulness, Sweetness (all by soft pink) Admiration (medium  pink),  Appreciation (deep pink)
  • White Rose Purity, True love, Innocence, Worthiness, Honor, Reverence
  • Yellow Rose Symbol of Joy & Friendship, Delight, Welcome, Happiness, Caring
  • Peach Rose Miss You, Thanks, Gratitude, Modesty, Sincerity, Appreciation
  • Orange Rose     Enthusiasm, Desire, Excitement, Passion
  • Lavender Rose  Enchantment, Love at First Sight
  1. 2. CarnationCarnation 150x150 Top Ten Cut Flowers And Their Meaning
  • Carnation (in general) Bonds of affection; health and energy; fascination; woman love
  • Carnation (pink) – I’ll never forget you
  • Carnation (purple) – Capriciousness; whimsical; changeable
  • Carnation (red) – My heart aches for you; admiration
  • Carnation (solid color) -Yes
  • Carnation (striped)- No; refusal; sorry I can’t be with you; wish I could be with you
  • Chrysanthemum 150x150 Top Ten Cut Flowers And Their MeaningCarnation (white) -Sweet and lovely; innocence; pure love; woman’s good luck gift
  • Carnation (yellow) – Rejection; disdain
  1. 3. Chrysanthemum
  • Chrysanthemum (in general) – Cheerfulness; You’re a wonderful friend
  • Chrysanthemum (red) – I love
  • Chrysanthemum (white) – Truth
  • Chrysanthemum (yellow) -Slighted love
  1. lily flowers 150x150 Top Ten Cut Flowers And Their Meaning4. Lily
  • Lily (general) – Keeps unwanted visitors away
  • Lily (calia) – Beauty
  • Lily (day) – Coquetry
  • Lily (eucharis) – Maiden charms
  • Lily (orange) – Hatred
  • Lily (tiger) – Wealth; pride
  • Lily (white) – Virginity; purity; majesty; it’s heavenly to be with you
  • Lily (yellow) – I’m walking on air; false and gay
  • Lily of the valley – sweetness; return to happiness; humilitybulb flowers 150x150 Top Ten Cut Flowers And Their Meaning
  1. 5. Bulb Flowers
  • Daffodil Respect
  • Tulip(general) – Fame,charity; perfect lover
  • Tulip(red) – Believe me; declaration of love
  • Tulip(variegated) – Beautiful eyes
  • Tulip(yellow) – Hopeless love
  1. Sunflowers 150x150 Top Ten Cut Flowers And Their Meaning6. Sunflowers
  • Sunflower – Loyalty; wishes
  1. 7. Alstroemeria
  • Friendship; Devotion
  1. 8. Gladiolus
  • babys breath flowers 150x150 Top Ten Cut Flowers And Their MeaningGladiolus – Love at first sight
  1. 9. Baby’s Breath
  • Everlasting Love

10. Orchid

  • Orchid – Love; beauty; refinement; beautiful lady; Chinese symbol for many children
  • Orchid (cattleya) – Mature charm

Drying Flowers with Desiccant

Drying Flowers1 150x150 Drying Flowers with DesiccantPeople often love to dry their flowers so they may save them as the memory of good times or sometimes just because they love the beauty brought by the dry flowers arrangements. There are number of ways through which flowers are being dried mostly many people prefer using some material that can absorb the moisture from the flowers making them get dried. Borax powder, fine sand, silica gel, cornmeal and all other such materials used in drying flowers are basically the desiccants that help in drying flowers quickly. The best amongst all is silica gel because it has the shortest drying time and also helps in retaining the color of flower. There are many silica gels available that change their color to indicate that flowers are dried. Whatever the material used the basic method of drying is same and is explained here under.

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  • Choose the best quality flowers that are not damaged anyway. Till the time you keep your flowers before drying keep stems in water so they do not wilt.
  • You can remove the stems off the flowers if you want and can add the floral wires to support your flower heads.
  • Now choose the container that you want to use for drawing your flowers and fill it about an inch high with the desiccant of your choice. If you are using silica gel than, be sure that you use the airtight lidded container because silica gel absorb moisture from air.

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  • Now arrange your flowers over the desiccant in any position you want upright, downward or sideways, just take care that they should not bend or flop because that’s how they will appear after drying.
  • Preserving same type of flowers together at same time will make the drying time same. Do not let your flowers overlap each other while arranging on desiccant.
  • Now cover all flowers with the desiccant by gently sprinkling it over flowers. Tap the container softly and sprinkle the desiccant again if any part of flower becomes visible. Use toothpick or any other such tool to reposition your flowers if needed. Cover the container with lid if using silica gel.
  • Softly tilt the container and try to check the petal of flower if they have dried or still soft. If they are soft more time is needed for drying if papery than they have dried.
  • When all your flowers have dried and you want to remove them tilt your container gently to make desiccant fall away and than remove the flowers from the container gently.

Water Appropriate for Keeping Cut Flowers Fresh

valentine flower1 150x150 Water Appropriate for Keeping Cut Flowers FreshFlowers remain fresh and retain their beauty when remain intact to their plants. If it is that you want to bring their beauty indoors within your homes than you need to provide them with some pampering in order to maintain their freshness for longer period of time. In this the main role is played by the water actually so you need to maintain the water levels and temperatures if you want to keep your flowers fresh.

  • When you collect the cut flowers you need to take care that the flowers should not get damage. Better keep them in an open basket or roll them in a protective paper.
  • valentine flowers 150x150 Water Appropriate for Keeping Cut Flowers FreshYou should always try to keep the time minimum that flowers have to bear out of the water so it will be great if you prepare your vase in advance before cutting or collecting your flowers. Take care that the vase should have to be rinsed completely and very well so that no bacteria from previous floral arrangement may harm your current flowers.
  • When you put the water in the vase for the first time for your flowers it is preferred that it should be warm around 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit as recommended by various research institutes. This allows flowers to absorb the greater amount of water quickly. Let the water cool down to room temperature itself.
  • valentine day flower 150x150 Water Appropriate for Keeping Cut Flowers FreshNow cut the stem end a little so you may again allow your flowers to absorb water in a better way assuring that there are no air bubbles in the stem to stop the water flow to the flower head. You may also cut the stem keeping it under the water but that is not a very important step to undertake. If you can put the flower quickly in your vase without allowing air to block it again than it is perfectly fine.
  • Remove any greenery or leaves that may fall below the water levels in your vase as they may inflate the formation of bacteria in water.
  • You should use flower preservatives to keep your flowers fresh and healthy as they have the source that provides the energy to the flowers. There are misconceptions like adding aspirin or penny to the water would secure your flowers, this will not help at all.
  • Do not keep your cut flowers under direct sunlight or near the breezes. Moreover change the water in your vase every second day to avoid any bacterial formation in water.