What You Can Do With Dead Floral Arrangements January 04, 2017 07:02
When you first purchase your floral arrangement, they are so gorgeous and breathtaking. They melt your heart away each time you look at them. You almost would like for your amazing bouquet of flowers to remain the way they look, however, they won't. At some point after a week or two, with them being cut flowers, they are going to die and we're left with only dead flowers. Then we wonder if there is anything we can do with them.
These dead flowers may not have any further use as being a floral arrangement. However, you don't have to let the dead flowers go to waste or throw them away. There are several ideas of what you can do with your dead flowers. Here are a few tips regarding what you can do with them and be satisfied with how you recycled those flowers.
Dry the Flowers - Remove flowers such as carnations, roses, larkspur and baby's breath. Gather the stems together with a rubber band. Hang them upside down until dry. Use the dried flowers in wreaths or potpourri. Flowers that are rotted or molded won't dry well. Neither will colors such as dark red, which dry black, or some whites, which dry to a beige color. Remove flower heads from their stems and press them.
Add to Compost Heap - Compost adds organic material back to the soil. Starting a compost heap is as easy as piling up dead flowers with grass clippings, and shredded newspapers. Remove the flowers and greenery from the arrangement and add to the heap. Spray the pile lightly with water to start the decomposition process. Add kitchen refuse such as vegetable and fruit peelings. In a few months the dead flowers will be part of the compost and help your flower garden grow.
Reuse the Container and Floral Foam - Remove the flowers and greenery by pulling the stems out of the floral foam. Soak the foam in water to re-hydrate it. Assemble a new arrangement with fresh flowers and greenery.
Re-gift the Arrangement - Let the arrangement completely dry. Spray paint it black. Add a black bow and give the arrangement to a good friend for his 30th, 40th or 50th birthday as a gag gift, or give it to an ex to mark a breakup or divorce (if he or she has a sense of humor).
Make New Arrangements - Not all the flowers will die at once. Some flowers such as carnations will last longer than others. Remove the flowers that are still alive. Cut an inch off the stems and place them in iced water. Regroup the flowers into a smaller, shorter arrangement.
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Reference: www.gardenguides.com, Katie Rosehill, Tips on What to Do With Dead Flower Arrangements