For those of you out there who want to craft their own bouquet, our florists at FloralGarageSG have come up with a simple how-to to guide you in choosing your flowers. Choosing the right flowers will make your bouquet looks fresh and vibrant, but if you choose the wrong ones, your bouquet might turn out looking dull and dead.
- The petals and leaves must be firm
Place your fingers on the stem of the flower, and stroke them slowly along the petal. It should feel firm and spirited. Reject flowers with loose, flabby, or unfirm petals. The leaves should also appear firm and green. Do not choose flowers with leaves that are drooping or if you can spot speckles on them. Speckles imply that the flower is not healthy. Do also reject flowers if their leaves have holes. This is evidence that the flower could have been infested with insects.
- The petals must be bright
The petals must not look faded. You are highly recommended to reject them if the petals seem to be wilting or developing a dull brownish colour at the edges. Look for colours that are bright and strong.
- Choose flowers that have not yet fully bloomed
Selecting flowers that are fully opened means that they are now at their peak and would not last as long as flowers with buds that are just starting to open. Your flowers that have yet to bloom will slowly start to open within 3 days. The end of their stems should be submerged in a container of water.
- Presence of seeds or pollen
Should seeds or pollen be present within the centre of the flower, we can conclude that the flowers were cut when they were past its peak. Reject them because these flowers will not last as long as you probably would desire them to.
- Ensure that the water is changed regularly
Take a peep into the pail or container that the flowers are in. Murky or dirty water suggests that the water is not being changed regularly. The part of the stem that is exposed to the water will be prone to rotting. This also expedites the growth of bacteria and it will have a negative impact towards the health of the flower. Do also be sure to remove any dying leaves that will be in contact with the water.