Hello! Welcome back to the Blog at Main Floral. We’ve finally dug ourselves out from the Mother’s Day ‘mess’ around the shop and we can now walk freely, again! (This is a big deal to us. See shop photo below.) We delivered so many flower arrangements around the Twin Cities, metro area, this past week–Newport, Plymouth, Woodbury, Minnetonka, Ramsey, Coon Rapids…you name the city, we were there. (By the way, if YOU have flowers, and are looking for tips on how to keep them fresh, check out this blog from Valentine’s Day.) Today though, well, we’re going to talk about those gorgeous flowers blooming all over Minnesota right now…we’re gonna talk lilacs. (I got a bouquet of those for Mother’s Day. From the neighbor’s yard. Complete with a big, green, bug. And…I couldn’t have been happier. 🙂 ) We’ll let you know the best ways to keep them fresh, and happy looking, so they can keep making your house smelling amazing for as long as possible. (Also, mine are SO strong smelling…I had to move them while writing this blog. Yes. There can be too much of a good thing.)
When collecting the lilacs…
Grab a bucket, or large vase, with water in it. Bring that out with you.
Try to cut the Lilacs right away in the morning. They’re the most hydrated then, and are the least prone to wilting.
Aim to cut the blooms that are about 75% of the way open already.
Use a clean, and sharp knife (or scissors) to cut the branch. Have a bucket of water with you when you do this so you can plunge them right into it.
When you get the flowers inside…
Have a clean vase, all ready to go, with lukewarm water and a flower preservative. (We sell that here. Or, you can Google alternatives.)
Work with the branches one at a time.
Take your first branch out of the bucket, pull off any leaves that would be under the water line. (If you would like leaves in your bouquet, cut them off, and add them after you get all of your flowers into the vase.)
Cut the stem at a 45-degree angle; removing, at least, 1/2-inch of stem. Add it to your vase. (Cutting at a 45-degree angle will ensure that a larger area is exposed to the water, making it easier for your Lilacs to stay hydrated.)
After your Lilacs are in their vase…
Keep the flowers out of direct sun, and away from heat sources. (It dries them out quickly.)
Refresh the water, and re-cut the stems every other day, or so, to keep your lilacs looking as perky as possible, for as long as you can.
That’s about it! Enjoy your blooms…and happy Spring!
Oh yeah, as promised…here is the not-so-glorious shot of the shop during Mother’s Day week. We did a lot of shuffling and scooting past each other during this week. 🙂 It smelled great though!