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a flower blog for B/A Florist of East Lansing, Michigan | bringing you the latest floral trends, our favorite designs, wedding trends and more.

Ultra Violet: 2018 Color of the Year

Ultra Violet: Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year It's my favorite blog to write about every year, Pantone's Color of the year. This year it's an oh so gorgeous, vibrant color with so many color schemes to choose from! When I saw that this year's color was...

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Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Thanksgiving Centerpieces Thanksgiving Centerpieces are a beautiful addition to the family dining table. The natural elements used remind us to be grateful for the world around us. Your table can be easily transformed using greens, fruits and vegetables,...

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Rainy Days and Flowers

Rainy Days and Flowers As summer weather finally draws to a close I find myself stuck inside on a cold and gloomy Saturday. But it's not your typical rainy day, oh no, for today I am working inside the warm and bustling B/A Florist of East Lansing, MI....

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No Carve Pumpkins

No Carve Pumpkins Hate the mess of scooping out pumpkin guts to carve a pumpkin? There are many ideas out there for no carve pumpkins! We've gathered a few of our favorites to help you get the party started. These charming pumpkins are perfect for small...

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Bright Color Weddings

Bright Color Weddings Don't be afraid of pulling off bright color weddings! They can be tastefully done by pairing bright colors with minimal accents and neutral backgrounds. Bright colors really pop against all white tables and chairs, or rustic wood...

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Caring for Flowers

Most floral arrangements last 4-7 days or longer, depending on the flowers used and the flower care they receive. B/A Florist of East Lansing, MI provides these tips for longer-lasting, more vibrant flowers:


For floral arrangements

  • Keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food provided by your florist. Flower foods make flowers last longer but it is important to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. Most packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of water. Flower foods should not be diluted with more water than is specified on the packet.Flower Care from B/A Florist of East Lansing, MI
  • If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely with properly mixed flower food solution. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Be sure to use a sharp knife or clippers that will not crush the stems. Immediately place the stems into solution.
  • Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, which causes flowers to dehydrate.) Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.

For loose bunches or boxed flowers

  • Keep your flowers in a cool place until you can get them in a flower food solution. Don’t forget how important it is to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet.
  • Fill a clean (washed with a detergent or antibacterial cleaning solution), deep vase with water and add a flower food from your florist.
  • Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by the flower.
  • Re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Place the flowers in the vase solution you’ve prepared.

Selecting Flowers

  • When selecting flowers, look for flowers with upright, firm petals and buds beginning to open. Yellow, spotted or drooping leaves are signs of age.
  • When using woody stems and branches (such as quince, forsythia or lilac), cut the stem with sharp pruning shears. Place them in warm water containing fresh flower food to promote flower opening.

For more tips on flower care please visit wikiHow’s article on How to¬†Care for Flowers

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