Flower Arranging Secrets - by Lily's Florist Santa Clarita

Best Kept Flower Arranging Secrets Revealed

Too intimidated to assemble your own flower arrangement? It’s easier than you might think. The secrets we’re about to reveal take the mystery out of creating gorgeous and professional-looking floral arrangements.

Use the vase opening as a measure of the amount of flowers you will use. The quantity of fresh flowers you need will be about four times the surface area of the opening of your chosen vase.

Go monochromatic. This does not imply selecting a single color all the time. We also mean using flowers within the same color family. You can use at least three to a maximum of five flower species but make sure they are within the same color range.

Exert a little bit of effort to prepare your vase water. Cut flowers thrive best in an acid-sugar-bleach water mixture. You can use a lemon-lime soda plus household bleach solution; the soda already contains both acid and sugar.  The sugar would be your flower’s food. The bleach fights the growth of harmful microorganisms while the acid allows the plant to efficiently take in nutrients. You can mix one part lemon lime soda with three parts of water plus ¼ teaspoon bleach. Alternatively, you can also mix a tablespoon of sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon bleach with a quart of water.

Recut the stems underwater.  Yes, under water. This step makes sure that air will not go into the stems and air will not block water absorption. You can do this in a separate basin filled with water or under running tap water. Remember to remove an inch or two of the stem at an angle using a sharp blade or shears.

Create a grid of tape to keep the flowers in place. Although a regular household tape would you, you may also want to invest in a clear or a green floral tape. Make sure the rim of the vase is dry then make a grid across the mouth of your vase.

Group similar flowers together. While you haven’t mastered yet theart of mixing and matching, play safe by grouping similar blossoms together. Put the tulips in one section, and the lilies on another, for example. Begin from one side of the vase and fill in sections of the tape grid as you go. Taller flowers should be placed in the middle while flowers around the perimeter of the vase must be cut shorter.   

Fill in the gaps. You can use another flower species with smaller blooms, berries or fillers in a neutral shade or from the same color family as the rest of the flowers. Choose one with a different texture for some variety. Greenery would be your safest choice, though. The fillers will give your arrangement a more cohesive look as it blurs the boundaries between the flowers that you grouped.

As with everything, practice makes perfect. Don’t hesitate to use flowers from your garden. Start with more affordable flowers mixed with a few expensive ones. Mix dense flowers with lighter ones and go play with texture. Flower arranging is an expression of your creativity so just have fun. The more you do it, the better you get.  


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