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Flower Care 101

Moxie bride Adrianne with her bridesmaids, Photo credit: Brad Hart Co

This sh*t is not optional, like when your microwaveable meal says to stir half-way through.

Rocking professional, florist-grade blooms is not hard, but there is a process of three simple steps that must be followed. If you skip this process, do your own thing, or treat the flowers like gas station bargain blooms, you will be left with limp sadness.

Do your part and your flowers will be Pinterest-perfection!


Rule #1:  Remove lower leaves, cut 2-3’’ off stem, and place in fresh water. Leave ALL wrapping on flowers for 1 hour before removing. This allows the flowers to rehydrate while upright to prevent sad drooping.

Hydrate flowers with wrappings on for one hour.

Place in hydration bucket with plenty of elbow room.

Remove all wrappings after one hour of hydration.

Voila! Well done! See how well the roses opened?!

Rule #2:  Use size-appropriate hydration containers and vases. Place flowers in size appropriate vessels, plastic bathroom trashcans work best! Small, delicate flowers need their own vase or cup. Avoid deep Home Depot buckets.

Nope. Flowers are too crowded and vessel is too tall.

Much better! Group like with like and give them room.

Perfectly sized vessels and plenty of elbow room for the blooms!

Rule #3:  Educate yourself on individual flower care. On each flower’s page we discuss the good and the bad and provide special care notes. Take time to read up or use our handy our Specific Flower Care PDF for quick access.

Scabiosa: leave the straws on the stem

Roses: trimming and hydrating

Ranunculus: often need to be wired to prevent bending

Basic Flower Preparation

Additional Flower Care Videos

Roses and Carnations 101

Using Design Master

Ranunculus Wiring

Pre-sectioning Flowers


Reflexing Roses

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