Plus Tutorial for an Easy Arrangement

 The Flower that Lasts Three Weeks

The Flower that Lasts Three Weeks

What you need:

Tools used:

Steps: 3

Flower Cost: $6.99

Rated: Easy Arrangement

Are you tired of cut flowers that last for only 3 days and having to change their water every day? Well here’s the answer for you, a cut flower that lasts 3 weeks! It is called the Charmelia. It is a relative of the Alstroemeria and came on the U.S. flower market in 2014. It looks a little like a miniature Alstroemeria, only it has 2 colors of blooms per stem. Each stem has about 20 small blossoms with the flowers at the bottom a darker rose color and the flowers at the top a lighter blush color. It comes with open blooms but then on about day 13 guess what, the blooms really open up much larger. That was a surprise.

The water doesn’t even get nasty if you don’t change it. So far, these have been in the same water for 2 weeks and the water looks as clear as the day it was poured. You might have to add a little because of evaporation and the flowers drinking it. If you want to work with larger flowers, the Charmelia can be used as a filler and it will help keep the water fresh for a mixed arrangement.

I had a hard time finding it at the L.A. Flower Market but there is one vendor there that carries it. Fortunately, Von’s supermarkets carry Charmelia and sell it for only $6.99 a bunch, that’s five stems. If you would like to read more about the Charmelia here are a couple of links.

https://www.royalvanzanten.com/en/news-events/charmelia-on-tour-copy-copy/

http://www.producenews.com/more-floral-articles/floral/22206-charmelia-the-new-long-lasting-flower-that-s-charming-the-u-s-market

By the way, the short cylinder vase used in this arrangement is inexpensive and very versatile. You can buy just one or a quantity of 12. Now if you have your Charmelia and a cylinder vase, let’s begin.

 Here are your materials.

Here are your materials.

 The name Charmelia is right on the cello.

The name Charmelia is right on the cello.

 Compare: 1 pink 1 white Alstroemeria bloom on left with a stem of Charmelia on the right.

Compare: 1 pink 1 white Alstroemeria bloom on left with a stem of Charmelia on the right.

 Add water to 2 inches below rim.

Add water to 2 inches below rim.

 Add packet of Floral Food.

Add packet of Floral Food.

 Pull off all leaves below water line.

Pull off all leaves below water line.

 Cut all ends at sharp angle so flower can drink.

Cut all ends at sharp angle so flower can drink.

 Put stem cut 15.5 inches on the left, with stem 16.5 inches on right, with both at an angle.

Put stem cut 15.5 inches on the left, with stem 16.5 inches on right, with both at an angle.

 Put shortest stem straight down in front.

Put shortest stem straight down in front.

 Put stem cut 16.5 inches on left at an angle.

Put stem cut 16.5 inches on left at an angle.

 Put stem cut 16.5 inches on right at angle.

Put stem cut 16.5 inches on right at angle.

 Close up of flowers just beginning to open at 4 days from purchase.

Close up of flowers just beginning to open at 4 days from purchase.

 Flowers at 4 days.

Flowers at 4 days.

 The stems crossing is part of the clean design of this arrangement.

The stems crossing is part of the clean design of this arrangement.

 Flowers fully opened at 2 weeks, no water change, just some added on day 14.

Flowers fully opened at 2 weeks, no water change, just some added on day 14.

 Detail of flower.

Detail of flower.

 You are done. Enjoy…for 3 weeks!

You are done. Enjoy…for 3 weeks!