Caring Dendrobium Orchids

Orchids carings 150x150 Caring Dendrobium OrchidsDendrobium Orchids are the perfect showstopper blooms as there are multiple blooms grown on one single stem providing with the best cut flowers to put in your vase. Who do not want to preserve the flowers kept in their home for long? With proper care for Dendrobium Orchids, they can last for around two weeks in vase and can keep soothing the environment around you.

  1. Choose a container or vase that is perfectly clean and for assurance its better that you wash it properly once again so no bacteria from last floral arrangement may harm your flowers this time. After cleaning the vase fill it half with the tepid tap water and add the flower food into itCut orchid flower 150x150 Caring Dendrobium Orchids stirring it well enough so it dissolves properly.
  2. Now cut the stem at bottom at an angle of 45 degrees keeping the stem under the water. You can cut the stem considering the sixe of arrangement you want to prepare or the size of container. Moreover consider one thing while cutting that doesn’t make the stem go too small because you will be needing to cut it again and again every time while refreshing.
  3. Now place your stems carefully in the vase. Consider one thing that no flower or foliage should fall below the water level because that will introduce the bacteria to the water causing the life of flowers to reduce.Caring Orchids 150x150 Caring Dendrobium Orchids
  4. Place your vase or container at a cool place that is away from drafts or bright sunlight. Keep flowers away from fireplaces or ripening fruits as the gases emitted by these harm the flowers.
  5. Every two to three days refresh the water in the container and wash it properly every time before you pour in the new water. Again add the flower preservatives and cut the stems same way at 45 degree angle. If you have run out of floral preservative, make one of your own by adding a tea spoon of sugar and two drops of bleach in water.

Preserving Fresh Flowers with Bleach

pink beautiful flowers3 150x150 Preserving Fresh Flowers with BleachWhen ever one receives the floral arrangement as gift or if one cuts the flowers from one’s own garden whatever the source of getting the fresh cut flowers the person owning them always want to preserve their freshness and beauty for longer period of time. The flowers can stay fresh for long only if they are kept free from bacteria. Many times when you buy flowers from florists they provide you with the flower preserver and this is for what it is given by florists. It is either called flower food or flower preservative. If you haven’t bought your flowers from florist that means you do not have this commercial preservative so now if you want your flowers to stay fresh for longer try out this and have home made floral preservative.Preserving Fresh Flowers 150x150 Preserving Fresh Flowers with Bleach

  • Put the flowers in the water that is at room temperature or little warmer as cold water is not suitable for flowers because it have the tendency to shock the flowers.
  • Now add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice half teaspoon of bleach and one table spoon of sugar to the water and mix all well. This is going to work the same way as the florist’s food pack does normally for the cut flowers.
  • Now set your flowers in the prepared water and cut the stems of flowers at bottom at an angle of 45 degrees.
  • If you want to keep your flowers look healthy for longer period of time Preserve Fresh Flowers 150x150 Preserving Fresh Flowers with Bleachkeep refreshing the water in the vase every two days and adding the lemon, bleach and sugar the same way. Every time when you change the water do cut the stems of the flowers the same way too.

Enjoy your fresh flowers for longer period of time and have the colors of flowers prevail all around your house to bring the freshness.

Drying Real Flowers

dried real flowers 150x150 Drying Real FlowersAs fresh flowers bring beauty, aesthetic, colors, life and fragrance to your home they carry a disadvantage with them and that is they can not last for long. The pleasure brought by flowers and obtained by people is really very short period if you keep real flowers as cut flowers. Well it is impossible to hold the splendid fragrance of the flowers but you can surely preserve he beauty of these flowers by drying them and saving them with you for years to increase the beauty of your home and décor.

•    Collect or cut your fresh flowers making sure that the stems are no shorter than six to eight inches in length.dry flowers 150x150 Drying Real Flowers

•    Inspect each bloom that you have collected keenly for any bugs. Now remove any dead petals and move away any loose leaves among your blooms.

•    Now make a bunch of flowers that you collected for drying and tie a string that is about six inches long around the bottom of the stems. Tie them tightly and in a way that they are all held together.

•    Now hang flowers upside-down using the string. Always hang flowers for dry real flowers 150x150 Drying Real Flowersdrying in a cool dry place and out of direct sun light.

•    Do not remove flowers down or untie the string any before than two to three weeks. It normally takes 2 to 3 weeks for flowers to air dry, so wait till this much time at least and even after that check your flowers properly for being fully dried before you take them out.

Dry out all the flowers that are given to you by someone and this way you can save your memories of a special day for a very long period of time.

Drying Peony Flowers

drying peony flowers1 150x150 Drying Peony FlowersPeonies are the beautiful flowers that are 6 to 8 inches wide and are found in red, pink or white colors. Peony are beautiful flowers to grow in gardens and equally beautiful to place indoors. You can dry these beautiful flowers up to save them for longer period of time. There is one common method to dry flowers and that is air drying while here I’ll provide you with the same to dry your peony flowers so you may secure the beautiful flowers that you got from a loved one in gift too.

1.    Cut your peony flowers only in mid morning before the late morning sun make the flowers open up fully. The blooms best for drying are the ones that are not fully opened. Peony flowers2 150x150 Drying Peony Flowers

2.    Cut the stems about six inch long and remove all the leaves off the stalk. Take 4 to 6 flowers in bunch and tie them with a rubber band at the bottom of the stems.

3.    Now hang your flowers upside down in a cool dark room. This can be a place like basement or a closet. The process of drying will take one to two weeks. You will need to loop a piece of twine in rubber band and hang it on a nail or hanger.

4.    Check your flowers after a week about drying. The drying period depends Dry peony Flowers2 150x150 Drying Peony Flowerson weather too as in winters because atmosphere is drier so flowers dry quickly while in summers as it’s more humid so it takes time in the drying process.

5.    Now carefully remove the flowers off the hanger or nail and carefully cut the rubber band.

6.    Now your dry flowers are ready to add beauty to your home for long period of time. Either put them in a vase or tie them up to form a bunch to keep over a shelf.

Ways of Putting Fresh Flowers in Water

flowers in water 150x150 Ways of Putting Fresh Flowers in WaterFlowers appear best and live longest if are kept intact to their plants. But if it is about bringing the beauty within homes and using them as cut flowers than you necessarily need to take some precautions and take special care in order to make them last longer to beautify your home and the environment within.

•    If you are collecting flowers from a place that is far from where you need to put them and they are needed to be transported than roll them in a layer of protective paper or if you are picking them from within your garden than you can handle them carefully and use a bucket to keep them.fresh flowers water 150x150 Ways of Putting Fresh Flowers in Water

•    Now take care of one thing that keep the time as short as possible of flowers that they remain without water. So it is better to keep your vase ready before you go for picking the flowers. Rinse the vase properly and use diluted bleach in order to be sure that it contains no bacteria.

•    First water supplied to the flowers is suggested to be warm up to around 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows flowers to absorb more water quickly and allow the water to cool down on its own. Change water every 2 fresh flowers in water 150x150 Ways of Putting Fresh Flowers in Waterdays and re cut the bottoms of stems in order to avoid congestion or blockage in vessels.

•    Remove any greenery and leaves off the stem that may lie under water before you place your stems in vase. Every time when you cut your stems at bottom place them immediately into vase in clean water so you can avoid air from blocking out the stems from absorbing the water.

•    Floral preservative are a great idea to lengthen the vase live of your flowers because they provide both with source of energy to flowers and flowers in water vase 150x150 Ways of Putting Fresh Flowers in Waterrestrict the formation of bacteria in water. You can use a very little amount of chlorine bleach and sugar in place of flower preservative.

•    Keep your cut flowers always out of direct sunlight. You can keep them near window to provide the indirect light to your flowers but cut flowers can not sustain the harshness of direct sun light.

Methods to Dry Roses

dried rosepetals 150x150 Methods to Dry RosesFlowers are such a beauty that everyone always want flowers to remain around them. Having flowers around in daily routine provide humans with more energies and spirits to carry on with a much active and happier day. It should not be just the way that we should keep flowers in our houses only when we get them as gift from someone in fact one should buy flower for him or herself too. Many people do not buy flowers just because they do not want to spend some amount of their money on something that is too perishable and won’t last more than a week. But, there is a way out for all such people. Just buy the fresh flowers yourself and than dry them out to create beautiful dry flower arrangements and hence feel your money invested in something that would provide your home with beauty for long period of time. Here are some different methods for you to dry and preserve your roses.

•    Air Drying:air Dry Roses 150x150 Methods to Dry Roses

This drying process takes 2 to 3 weeks. You can hang your flowers upside down in a warm, dark and airy room and keep one thing in your mind that always choose fully bloomed roses for drying not the ones that are more like a bud. Spray light mist of surface sealer spray or hairspray on each of the rose when hang to dry.

•    Petals Air Drying Method:

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If it is about drying just the petals, you should take wire mesh screen placing it over try and then spreading petals over it. Be sure that the petals remain well ventilated and keep turning them every couple of days so they dry out equally on both sides. These would dry earlier than the blooms.

•    Microwave Drying:Microwave Drying roses 150x150 Methods to Dry Roses

When you want to dry shorter stem roses or shorter cutting the best method of drying is through microwave. Set your flowers separately over a microwave save try and place it in microwave turning the heat to lowest and checking flowers every minute to avoid over drying.

•    Silica Gel Drying:Silica Gel Drying roses 150x150 Methods to Dry Roses

Silica gel can be obtained from any supply or hardware store and than applied to flowers. Silica gel absorbs all the moisture from the flowers and hence makes them dry.

•    Freeze-Dried Roses:
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This is the method that helps in retaining the color and fresh look of rose petals. After this procedure they will not wilt and won’t even stain anything. These petals are best to be used in preserved floral arrangements.

Preserving Boxwood Wreath

preserved boxwood wreath 300x225 Preserving Boxwood WreathPreserving Boxwood Wreath 300x292 Preserving Boxwood WreathWreaths are a great beauty to decorate outer walls and doors of your home. Due to living nature of foliage used in wreaths, if you want to keep your wreath for long you will need to preserve the leaves before you make your wreath. If you are using the boxwood foliage obtained from your own garden or from area around your home than preserve the stems first too before making your wreath so this would make your wreath preserved for years as the foliage is preserved. Prepare an outdoor décor for your home that will last for years.

1.    First of all cut some stems of boxwood using pruning shears. They should be about 18 inches in size so you can easily wrap and twine the twigs around the wreath.
2.    Now get a bucket and mix in it one part of glycerin and two parts of warm water to make a mixture.
3.    Now put all the stems on a firm surface like concrete and than hit the stems at bottom of about one inch to crush it. This is done to help stems absorb the glycerin mixture properly.
4.    Now when your stems are prepared immediately put them in the bucket with mixture and let them soak in it well. Keep a watch because you have to maintain the mixture level in bucket that should be about at east 6 inches. So whenever you observe it reducing add in more mixture.
5.    This whole process of preserving boxwood stems would take around 3 weeks time period. Let the stems remain soaked in mixture and keep observing the color of stems and leaves. The color of all leaves even at the top of stem should change their color. When even the top leaves’ color has changed this means the preservation process is complete.
6.    Get the wreath form and start wrapping the boxwood stems around the form. Now take craft wire of four inches in length and twist them around stems securely to make them remain attached properly. You will have to keep adding stems to the wreath form until you find a beautiful, lush and full wreath in front of you. Add a ribbon bow to your wreath and it is ready to beautify your door or wall. You may keep adding fresh flowers to it time to time that you pick from your garden.

CUT FLOWERS

CUT FLOWERS 300x267 CUT FLOWERSCut flowers can be any flowers that are cut off the plants and are cleaned for any thorns and are ready to be used in fresh flower arrangements. Cut flowers are available at flower shops with florists or can be obtained from gardens too from your self grown flowering plants. Cut flowers are used as gifts for as each of them deliver a different message. Sometimes these flowers are presented as single flower or in bunch form as bouquets. Rose is the most popular cut flower. Carnations, Gerberas, Chrysanthemums also have a huge demand in the Cut Flower market. Tulips, Gladioli, Lilies, Alstroemeria, Anthuriums etc., are also popular with the flower lovers.

There are certain parameters for figuring out good cut flowers.

1.    The flower should be appealing and beautiful.
2.    Flower should be sweetly fragrant.
3.    A cut flower should have long stem.
4.    Flower should have extended vase life.

Caring for Cut Flowers and keeping them fresh is undeniably a science in itself. The first step towards making Cut Flowers last longer is to make sure that they are quickly placed in water to prevent them from wilting. Cut stems should be placed in water immediately, as air rapidly moves into the water-conducting tissues and plugs the cells. This is the reason for which when we get cut flowers that have been out of water for some hours are needed to be cut a little at the bottom so the blockage caused by air does not block the water from reaching flower. Cut flowers should always be placed at a cool place for hour or two because flowers lose less water. Moreover to increase the vase life of cut flowers there is a process called hardening needs to be done with freshly cut flowers; that is, placing them in water at temperature of 110 degree Fahrenheit with preservatives added to it.

Germany is the world’s largest market for Cut Flower imports, and the Netherlands is the world’s leading exporter of Cut Flowers.

Quick Drying Techniques for Rose Petals

rose petals 300x200 Quick Drying Techniques for Rose Petalstechniques for Rose Petals 300x192 Quick Drying Techniques for Rose PetalsVase Rose Petals 300x283 Quick Drying Techniques for Rose PetalsRoses are the much loved flowers and the best fragrant ones to be believed too. Like preserving flowers by drying them out is great so do it is to dry the rose petals to use in scrap books to cherish the beautiful memories of your life or for making homemade potpourri for decoration in your home. There is a quick way of drying rose petals that is through microwave and yet retaining the vibrant colors of petals as you picked them and there you can form a colorful potpourri for yourself by using rose petals of different colors.

1.    Use the flowers that have begun to open so it becomes easier for you to remove the petals separately and picking them without tearing them.
2.    Hold the stem firmly in your hand and remove one petal at a time so you are just not destroying any of the petals.
3.    Now pour in silica gel into the microwave save container till about an inch in height.
4.    Now place the petals over this layer of gel in a way that they should not be touching each other or kept one over another.
5.    Now cover your petals with silica gel, once they are covered pour more silica gel into the container again forming a layer one inch high and place more petals the same way over it as you did before. Keep repeating the process until your container is full.
6.    Now keep the container in microwave and set the time at one and a half minute for rose petals to dry.
7.    Now take the container out of the microwave and cover it with lid and set aside for 24 hours.
8.    Start removing the petals one by one from the container and brush them with soft brush to remove any particles of gel over it.
9.    Take acrylic paint and spray it over the petals to form a light coating over petals.

Now you are ready to use your petals as potpourri or for any other purpose or way of decoration, once the coating has dried over the petals.

Importance of Flower Gifts

gifts flower 300x300 Importance of Flower GiftsThe giving of flowers as gifts initiates from Turkey in around the seventeenth century. It was the beginning of floriography that appealed a wide audience. In medieval times, flowers were linked with ethical connotations as well. Like, white roses or lilies are associated with the Christian religious symbolism of chastity or virginity. The giving of flowers is still a part of the religious customs of many cultures around the world.

Although gifting flowers is supposed to be trendy and stylish nowadays, there are evidences to show that this has been done since very long time ago. The varied shapes, patterns, styles, colors, shades and fragrances have appealed to human senses since long. Flowers signify everything that is positive in thisflower gift 150x150 Importance of Flower Gifts world like; life, love and happiness. Imagine a bouquet of flowers placed in the centre of a room and as you enter your eyes fall upon it. It gives the viewer immediate pleasure. The symbolism of flowers diverges from one culture to another. If you are thinking to send a special message through the choice of flowers, here are some details for you so you may decide easily:

If it is love that you want to express through the floral gift than go for one of purple lilac which symbolizes new love, but do not go for whites as this will deliver the wrong message. Moreover, the forget-me-not and red roses are very commonly known to be best flowers given for this purpose. If you haveFlower Gifts 150x150 Importance of Flower Gifts fallen in love at first sight with someone than it should be thorn less rose toconvey the message of your surrender. When it’s about expressing your feelings about your bond or your affection and devotion than a bunch of honeysuckle will do the job. Red Tulips will declare completely that you are in love with the person. On the other hand, when you receive flowers from someone expressing love you can respond by sending pink carnations, while, if you do not feel this way for them than send white, yellow or stripped carnation to refuse sympathetically.

There are other emotions too than flowers that are depicted like Star of Bethlehem gives hope, a Snowdrop offers consolation and an Aloe orgifts flowers 150x150 Importance of Flower GiftsMarigold will speak of your grief. An Eglantine Rose can be offered as a healing touch.

Gifting flowers do not have to be a connotation, we can gift flowers even when we feel that the other person would love to get these from us and will appreciate us. Flowers can depict any human feeling so they remain part of every event in our life from a birth to funeral.  The art of floral arrangement has modernized with the time and now it has grown into a big floristry field there are now designer bouquets too that are high in cost but if presented to a friend or loved one as a grand statement. So send a message of love to a loved one now whether near or far from you, get flowers delivered to your loved ones.