Guess how old these flowers are

Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

What you need:

  • 10 stems Star of Bethlehem or Ornithogalum  (cut nine stems 11.5 inches and one stem 9.5 inches)
  • 2 handfuls mini river pebbles (found here)
  • 1 rectangular vase wider at the top (5.5 Wide at the top, 3.75 Wide at the bottom, x 3.25 inches deep x 7.75 inches High)
  • 28 inches variegated green wired ribbon

Supplies Used:

Steps: 7  

Flower Cost:  $10.00

Rated: Easy Arrangement

Can you guess how old these flower are?  I used them in the last Fall Arrangement and when the rest of the flowers in that arrangement had seen better days I threw them away but these Star of Bethlehem were still blooming and the stalks were still in great shape, so I used them again.  Heck, they were only 10 days old...haha.   They were still blooming when I threw them out at 14 days... and a full two weeks of not being in the cooler.  I did put flower food (found here) in the floral foam of the first arrangement and after I re-cut them for this arrangement I gave them another packet.  That does help a lot.  Also washing your vase with soap and water and a drop of bleach helps kill bacteria in a vase that causes flower stems to rot.  It also helps to give the stems a fresh cut with a very sharp angle (see below) so that they can drink up more water, and for these stems you need very sharp pruning shears so I used the little 6 1/4 inch Clauss shears (found here).  They are super.  

So, if you are looking for a very long lasting flower, Star of Bethlehem may just win the prize.  If you have your Star of Bethlehem and your supplies, let's begin.

 

Here are your supplies.

Here are your supplies.

Drop the rocks...about 2 handsful.

Drop the rocks...about 2 handsful.

Mix 1 packet of floral food into water.

Mix 1 packet of floral food into water.

Pour in water to 2 inches below the rim.

Pour in water to 2 inches below the rim.

Pull off any leave below water line.

Pull off any leave below water line.

Give stems fresh cut with sharp pruning shears.  Cut at sharp angle to expose more stem.

Give stems fresh cut with sharp pruning shears.  Cut at sharp angle to expose more stem.

Put 1st stem against left side.

Put 1st stem against left side.

Put 2nd stem against right side.

Put 2nd stem against right side.

Add the rest of stems that are the same length.  Keep stems going straight down.

Add the rest of stems that are the same length.  Keep stems going straight down.

Add the shorter stem in front.

Add the shorter stem in front.

These tiny blooms are really cool.

These tiny blooms are really cool.

Tie your ribbon with 2 knots and twist to a 45 degree angle.

Tie your ribbon with 2 knots and twist to a 45 degree angle.

And you are done...Tadaa!  Enjoy.

And you are done...Tadaa!  Enjoy.