Tips for Getting Started
Beautiful bouquets and flower
arrangements can be shown off in many different types of vases and containers.
The possibilities are endless -- from an antique teapot or brass urn, to
an elegant crystal vase or a simple glass jar. Avoid containers made of
steel or iron.
- Tip -- Make sure your vase
is leak-proof and has a neck and water reservoir large enough for your
flowers to fit comfortably. For some flower arrangements you may also want
to use a brick of floral foam -- a substance that, when saturated, holds
flowers in place.
- Tip -- Be sure to soak your
foam in water containing a floral food solution. Let foam absorb water
at its own rate. Cut it to fit the shape of your container, leaving enough
space for reserve water. Floral foam cuts easier when it's wet.
If your flowers sometimes don't stand up straight ...
- Tip -- It could be your
vase is too short for your flowers, or your flowers are too tall for your
vase! A good rule of thumb; the height of your vase should be about half
as tall as your flowers.
- Tip -- Build a grid across
the top of your vase with clear tape. Then place flowers within the grid.
Oh no! I've cut my flowers too short!
- Tip -- Don't worry. Just
add pebbles or marbles to the bottom of your vase or simply float the head
of a broken flower in a clear bowl for a charming display.
Splish, splash, my furniture is taking a bath!
- Tip -- To avoid spill over
when watering your flowers, use a kitchen bulb-type baster to reach into
narrow vases and full arrangements.
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