I love to make arrangements with affordable grocery store flowers and today I am sharing how to keep cut flowers fresh.
Happy Saturday! I love to have fresh flowers in our home. You know what I mean, don’t you think a vase of flowers instantly cheers up any room? The only issue is how to keep cut flowers fresh, right?
For everyday, affordable flowers, I love Trader Joe’s flowers. Since most grocery stores have a pretty good selection of affordable flowers, we can all have beautiful flowers all of the time.
How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh
There is a lot of advice about how to keep cut flowers fresh for as long as possible. Some of the advice about how to keep cut flowers fresh is tried and true. Things like snipping the stems with a fresh cut for better water absorption and removing the outer “guard” petals from roses (so that the bloom can open fully) are both tricks I use frequently.
More suggestions as to how to keep cut flowers fresh are a little more interesting. Have you heard about adding apple cider vinegar and sugar to the water? Or what about adding aspirin (or bleach or coins or vodka) to the water? Have you tried spraying hairspray on a flower arrangement to maintain the blooms?
I haven’t tried any of the water additives and have never “hairsprayed” an arrangement. I would love to know if you have so please let me know if I should be doing any of these tricks!
Earlier this week, I bought flowers at Trader Joe’s to make a few arrangements for a dinner party. Here is a tip, always check the buckets of Trader Joe’s roses for garden roses. I have found garden roses tucked into the buckets with their regular roses. Garden roses look very similar to gorgeous heirloom roses, with big double blooms. I don’t always find the garden roses, but I always check! Some of my go-to’s are light pink flowers, pink flowers, and pink and white flowers to add to an arrangement. Pink flowers are just so happy!
On my last trip to Trader Joe’s, I found light pink garden roses, darker pink garden roses, pink carnations, pink and pink and white gerbera daisies, fluffy white mums, light purple mums, a small bunch of Queen Anne’s lace, and lots of pretty greens. These flowers weren’t expensive as I spent about $40 on all of the flowers and was able to make three different arrangements. I made two in matching crocks and one in one of my beloved battery glass containers.
The light pink flowers, pink flowers, and pink and white flowers together in these arrangements are amazing.
I made this arrangement in a vintage battery jar. If you are unfamiliar, battery jars were primitive batteries used in the 19th century primarily for telegraph and telephone systems. The open jar contained a liquid electrolyte (a wet solution that that is able to conduct an electrical current) and metallic electrodes. Benjamin Franklin conducted experiments using these types of battery jars. Isn’t it incredible that these beautiful jars were used for such an industrial purpose? If you ever see one of these at a vintage flea market or antique store, scoop it up!
After a couple of days, I had some droopers. What’s a drooper? Some flowers just don’t have a great lifespan and they may start to droop in a few hours. When that happens, the arrangements need to be refreshed. Hydrangeas, while I love them, can be very fickle. Trader Joe’s hydrangeas come in a package of 3 stems and inevitably, one of the stems, after being placed into an arrangement, just can’t take the pressure of being beautiful any longer and wilts. So much drama!
A trick that I use frequently to keep cut flowers fresh is to refresh flowers into new arrangements. I had started with three arrangements earlier in the week and to take advantage of the flowers that were still in good shape, I condensed the three arrangements into one.
Vintage Flower Arrangement
I was inspired by this vintage bucket that I had just found at the Rose Bowl Swap Meet. I wanted to make an arrangement that looked like vintage flowers to compliment the bucket.
Because the bucket is vintage, I was pretty sure that the bucket was not water-tight, so I dropped in one of my antique crocks into the bucket to hold the flowers, floral oasis, and water.
By using this refreshing trick, three arrangements now become one, giving me a house full of fresh flowers for more than a full week! I started by taking the three arrangements completely apart.
I threw away the droopers and soon-to-be droopers and took stock of what I had left. Because I had started with three arrangements, I had a pretty good number of flowers to work with and would be able to make one large vintage flower arrangement.
I removed some of the outer petals from the roses that were starting to wilt and the roses looked completely refreshed! Because they had already been in an arrangement for a couple of days, the roses were really beginning to open up which added to the vintage feel.
I gave all of the flowers and greens a little snip on their stems to refresh them. Snipping the stems helps them absorb more water so the arrangement will last at least three or four more days. It is amazing I made four arrangements for $40 and they lasted a full week!
Once I had all of the flowers arranged in the bucket, I added the greenery. One of my favorite greens to use is seeded eucalyptus because it adds a beautiful silvery green and the seeds look like flowers that are about to bloom!
You would never know that these flowers had had another life in three previous arrangements as the garden roses were perfectly opened and gave the arrangement an old-fashioned/vintage flowers look.
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I hope that you have a very Happy Saturday and maybe even find some flowers for your house to arrange or rearrange!
Frequently Asked Questions
Snip the stems with a fresh cut for better water absorption and removing the outer “guard” petals from roses so that the bloom can open fully are both tricks I use frequently. Snip the stems before arranging and rearranging and refresh the water daily.
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Below are some of my favorite containers to use to arrange flowers. Click on the photo to go to the item.
Being organized and having all of my flower arranging supplies together in one place makes flower arranging so much easier. This flower stand is how I store all of my faux flowers, plus, it is so pretty! Click on the photo to go to the item.
As we head into fall and the holidays (eek!), having lots of containers for flowers, centerpieces, and floral storage is really important. Click on the photo to go to the item.
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