Today we’re going to give you some care tips on everyday flowers. What we are going to start with here is really beautiful roses and we’re going to teach you how to trim and take care of them, to take all the extra foliage off because when when you put them in the vase, you don’t want to have any flower, any leaf completely submerged in the water because it’s going to be murky and the water’s going to create germs and bacteria and that’s going to kill your flowers so you want to remove them. And then also the extra thorns, if you only have a few roses for your home you don’t have to do a big deal you can just do them by hand, it’s much better to do it this way.
The thorn strippers that you can buy in the flower market are more for commercial use, and they damage the flower a little bit, they scour your stem and it turns brown, so we don’t want to do that. And then you cut a flower, mostly roses or hearty stems, always in a forty five degree angle with a very sharp clean knife, to create a large surface because a large surface takes up a lot more water than a small surface.
When you have your bouquet ready and you put it in a vase, after a few days you want to take the bouquet out of the vase and recut the stems just like half an inch, just so that the bottom of the stems don’t clog up with bacteria and all kinds of stuff that’s in the water.
Clean the water of course, put the bouquet back in the water and you’re gonna enjoy it much longer. That’s how you take care of your roses. There was a person, who used to, in the forties, he created what we all know today as the floral foam. This is basically the same thing as what’s inside of a stem of a flower, a sponge-like texture that takes up the water and absorbs it. With floral foam there’s one little trick that you have to do which a lot of people don’t follow and it ruins your entire flower arrangement and we will tell you what to do instead… You have to submerge it. Basically you have to fill up your sink at home, or a tub or a large bowl like this and you take the brick and basically just put it on top of the water and that’s it.
And you let it submerge by yourself, and the water will come into the brick. What you don’t want to do is what most people do because they’re impatient is push it underwater, because what happens is you’re going to create an air pocket inside of the brick, and when you later make your on arrangements you’re gonna stick a stem right into that pocket and there’s never going to be any water that gets absorbed into your stem of your flower so your flower arrangement will probably be ruined.
The next flower we’re going to use and clean and give you some tips on is one of our favorite flowers which is the carnation. We know a lot of people don’t like them but we love them and they’re becoming much more popular today because of the new varieties and new colors that are being introduced in the market and it’s a very strong flower and pretty much available throughout the united states in any flower story easy-to-use fun to use, they come in such great great colors like these beautiful lavender mini-carnations and these simple white, and we really love them because of the texture.
We use them mostly just flower to flower, petal to petal, you can create a beautiful texture like that, and easy to work with, and they’re strong, oh and cleaning them is very easy, you just take off the extra leaves, again any leaf that is under your water line when you make your arrangement you should remove because it’s gonna create bacteria in your water. Sometimes when you buy a bouquet from your local florist there’s a little package that is attached to year bouquet and it’s flower food, a lot of people don’t want to use it because they think it’s nonsense, I think you really should use it, because it’s very helpful, it kills the bacteria in the water and your flowers are gonna last much longer and you’re gonna enjoy them much longer.