Plus Flower Arranging Tutorial

 Another Flower that Lasts 3 Weeks

Another Flower that Lasts 3 Weeks

What you need:

  • 1 bunch White Alstroemeria

  • 1 bunch Pink Alstroemeria

  • 2 handfuls of small white rocks

  • rectangular vase (rounded edges) 8 inches H, Opening 7 inches x 1.75 inches deep  (purchase here)

  • 28 inches Coral 1.5 inch wide wired French Ribbon (purchase here)

  • 1 packet of floral food (purchase here)

Tools used:

Steps: 7

Rated: Easy Arrangement

The Alstroemeria, a relative to the Charmelia, is another flower with a long vase life. It can last as long as 3 weeks if you change the water out several times and follow the tips below. Floral Tip: To change the water out for this arrangement without having the rocks move around too much, slip the ribbon off. Put the vase in the sink and slowly add fresh water letting it over flow a few minutes until all of the water has been replaced. Tip the vase just enough to pour a little out. Then add a packet of floral food, which feeds the flowers and helps keep them fresh. Dry the vase and underneath the vase, then slip the ribbon back on. Ta da!

Floral Tip: Make sure to keep your Alstroemeria away from bananas and other fruit, as most fruit off-gas ethylene. Even so, bananas off-gas much more ethylene. Other fruit that off-gas ethylene are: apricots, avocados, blueberries, figs, grapes, cantaloupes, honeydew, kiwis, mangoes, nectarines, papayas, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, tomatoes. Alstroemeria is particularly sensitive to ethylene and it cuts its vase life short. You want to keep Alstroemeria out of direct sunlight, and heat or air conditioning in your home.

You can purchase Alstroemeria in most grocery stores that have flower departments and you can even grow it in your own flower garden. The most popular hybrids of Alstroemeria sold today are available all year round. They are a cross between the Chilean grown which bloom in winter and the Brazilian which bloom in the summer. If you would like to read more about Alstroemeria here are two great links:

https://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/mostpopularflowers/morepopularflowers/alstroemeria

https://www.britishflowersweek.com/blog/2016/6/17/day-five-about-british-alstroemeria

Once you have your Alstroemeria and you supplies let’s begin.

 

 Here are you flowers and materials.

Here are you flowers and materials.

 Add 2 handfuls of rocks. Add water up to 2 inches below rim.

Add 2 handfuls of rocks. Add water up to 2 inches below rim.

 Add 1 packet of flower food.

Add 1 packet of flower food.

 Strip off all leaves below the water line.

Strip off all leaves below the water line.

 Cut six Pink stems at 10.5 inches.

Cut six Pink stems at 10.5 inches.

 Cut four pink at 9 inches.

Cut four pink at 9 inches.

 Cut white at 11.5 inches

Cut white at 11.5 inches

 Insert six pink stems cut at 10.5. Keep stems going straight down.

Insert six pink stems cut at 10.5. Keep stems going straight down.

 Insert the white. Keep all stems going straight down.

Insert the white. Keep all stems going straight down.

 Put one pink 9 inch stem on each side, and one in front and one in back.

Put one pink 9 inch stem on each side, and one in front and one in back.

 Like so.

Like so.

 Roll small piece of scotch tape. Put ribbon tails on a 45 degree angle. Tape top tail to vase.

Roll small piece of scotch tape. Put ribbon tails on a 45 degree angle. Tape top tail to vase.

 Like so.

Like so.

 You are done. Enjoy!

You are done. Enjoy!