You spend all day making that arrangement. And then…ugh! It begins wilting before the second day of Yom Tov. What did you do wrong?
By Rivky Gubitz
What do I do immediately after bringing the flowers home?
*Don’t remove the rubber band from the bouquet at first.
*Cut your stems at an angle, 1-inch off the base of each flower stem using a sharp knife or scissors.
*Remove all leaves and foliage which will be under the water level in the vase.
Once I have my arrangements made, how can I keep them alive?
*If your flowers will be sitting in floral foam, add 2 cups of water directly onto the foam before Yom Tov or Shabbos. Do this right before candle lighting and again right after havdalah.
*If hot weather is forecasted for Yom Tov, place an ice cube or two into your arrangement.
*Avoid placing your table piece arrangement directly under a chandelier (at least move it away for overnight).
*Keep the flowers in a cool and well-ventilated spot out of direct sunlight and away from heat.
*Change the water every 2 or 3 days, or whenever the water appears discolored. When you change the water, we recommend you clean the vase and cut the stems again.
*Add 2 drops of bleach to keep water away from bacteria
Anything specific I should be aware of when caring for my favorite flowers?
*Avoid letting water spill on your roses, they welt! Only hydrangeas drink water from the actual flower head.
*Use your sink hose sprayer to spray water unto the hydrangeas. As mentioned above, their petals can drink!
*Refill your orchid’s water tubes with fresh water regularly and before Yom Tov or Shabbos.
About Rivky Gubitz
Rivky Gubitz, of Floretti Flowers, is originally from Belgium. A creative and innovative personality, she tells us “I was always inspired by the modern and clean floral design in Europe. When I moved to the States, it was obvious to me that it was lacking here. I returned to Belgium and trained by a florist from Holland. Now I can bring that inspiration to you!” Rivky’s accessories and vases are imported from Europe and she offers a large variety of ready-made arrangements in all different price ranges. Enjoy our unique ideas like the wine bottle floral ring or floral picture frame. Their Shavuos pop-up shop is located at 740 West Kennedy with the option to deliver. We open up 3 days before Shavuos. Follow on instagram @florettiflowers