Care & Feeding
Plant FAQ & Tips for Brides
Below you’ll find general care & feeding tips for your new plants and flowers, and if you are planning your wedding, we’ve provided a helpful buying guide for the big day.
- Caring for Your Flowers
Place the flowers in a place that is NOT drenched in sun and be sure there is NO draft blowing on them, hot or cold. Also avoid putting your arrangement atop any appliances that might give off heat.
- Keeping Plants Alive Longer
After a couple days change the water (room temp, never cold) and snip the ends, ALWAYS ON AN ANGLE, The tool you are using should never be dull.
Be sure you clean the vase thoroughly to remove bacterial build up.
Make sure there are no greens or flowers below the water level. This will accelerate the process of bacteria.
Don’t hesitate to remove the outer petals if they are browning up. This is very common in roses.
Keep in mind the longevity of the flowers depends on the variety that you received. Some flowers will last longer than others.
- Floral Foam Fears
Water then as you normally would, feel free to gently take them out of the foam and snip the ends before placing them back in the foam. Use care because if the foam gets prodded at too much it will fall apart.
Buying Guide for the Bride
CHIC AND AFFORDABLE : Your go-to-flowers any month, any season.
Carnations - Mini-carnations - Statice - Chrysanthemus - Baby’s breath - Asiatic lilies - Gerbera daisies
MID-RANGE MUST HAVES : These varieties, grow year round in California, Holland, and South America are becoming more affordable.
Freesias – Snapdragons - Lisianthus - Stock - Oriental Lilies - Roses
PRICIEST PETALS : Choose these blooms in season and select frugally to save.
Calla lilies - Stephanotis - Lily of the Valley - Peonies - Sweet peas - Lilacs - Ranunculus - Hydrangea
Tips to Save on your Big Day
- Stay in Season
If you have to order peonies from New Zealand in December, the cost will be prohibitive.
Go with simple, low center centerpieces. They require fewer flowers and less labor – and therefore less costly – than tall, elaborate arrangements.
Splurge on the reception, where people will see the flowers for four to five hours. Ceremony flowers will only be seen for an hour or so.
Indulge in your bouquet, and save on less photographed items. Your bouquet will be in every picture, but the bridesmaids posies will not.
Use flowering branches, such as bundles of cherry, dogwood, and apple blossoms in urns.
Avoid the ” do it yourself ” route: flowers arranging amateurs almost always over buy.
Choose simple arrangements. There’s less expertise and time involved in creating a loose arrangement in a vase that a design that sits in green floral foam.
Steer clear of holidays. consumers pay a premium for blooms around big flower giving days.
- Saving on Stems
Float flowers in water: Filling an entire vase with blooms is pricey, but floating, say three lovely dahlia heads in a crystal bowl makes a big impact with minimal expense, and looks very modern.
Use rose petals instead of the entire blossom – perfect for scattering on a table among gleaming crystal candlesticks.
Try a bud light: Single blooms in bud vases clustered around flickering votive candles provide a significant and stunning look – and can double as favors.
Add textural filler: Grouping grasses, kale, and other interesting inexpensive foliage can make a lean arrangement appear substantial.
Cluster potted plants or herbs: Galvanized tin urns, distressed wood boxes, silver pails, or terra cotta pots filled with fragrant herbs such as mint, lavender, or chamomile, or annuals like zinnias and cosmos, bring a freash outdoorsy touch to a garden wedding.