FRESH CUT FLOWER TIPS

herpericum bunch from Floral Park Market in Atlanta, GA with fresh cut flower care tips

While visiting Floral Park Market in Atlanta, the deep reds and glossy berries of Hypericum felt like the perfect Fall arrangement so I picked up a bunch. Hypericum is commonly referred to as St. John's Wort and is widely used as a herbal remedy for depression.  St. John's Wort is available year round, but peaks in the Fall. If you're confused how St. John's Wort is the same as Hypericum, the plant blooms with yellow flowers and when the petals fall they leave berries that come in a wide range of colors depending on the variety!

Having been a leader in the Atlanta floral business for so many years, I asked James Olsen, owner of Floral Park Market, for some basic floral care tips that anyone can use and he so graciously shared!

herpericum bunch closeup from Floral Park Market in Atlanta, GA with fresh cut flower care tips

PUTTING YOUR FRESH CUTS IN WATER IMMEDIATELY IS IMPERATIVE. 

If you get sidetracked with an errand or some other project, the stems will start to close up.  Regarding the actual water to use for fresh cuts, we've all heard that the specific temperature is important and even using bottled or filtered water. Hydrangeas and tulips, for example, James shares have been said to not like hot water. But, he sticks to room temp for all and has never had a problem. He also states that tap water is absolutely fine.

BEFORE PLACING YOUR BLOOMS IN THE WATER, CUT EACH STEM AT AN ANGLE.

If the stems are cut flat, the ends will align with the bottom of the vase and it won't allow any water to be sucked up. My biggest concern has always been where on the stem to cut - above or below a nub??! James urges not to worry about this because technically you're always above or below a nub since there's always a nub above and below where you're cutting. Makes sense!

If you don't have any flower food on hand, James recommends substituting a capful of bleach in the water.

THE BEST TRICK JAMES SHARED IS IF YOUR FLOWERS START TO WILT, YOU CAN PLACE THEM FACE DOWN IN WATER FOR AN HOUR OR SO AND IT WILL PERK THEM UP!  

This does affect their long term viability, though, so do this just if you need them to regain some life for a party or event.

I love picking up fresh cuts every week or two, they instantly brighten my mood as soon as I see them! In particular, I tend to put a vase on the bathroom counter for something beautiful to start my day. I  highly recommend stopping into Floral Park Market for some fresh cuts.  James advises to call prior to check availability if you are needing something specific since what he offers fluctuates based on the events he is supplying. If you're like me and always up for a surprise in what type of flower comes home with you, you should be fine!
herpericum bunch in mason jar from Floral Park Market in Atlanta, GA with fresh cut flower care tips

One thing I did notice about Hypericum was the amount of water they drink!! Sierra Flower Finder confirmed this and recommends checking the water level daily. They also say "the woody stems of Hypericum tend to rapidly cloud the water even with a floral preservative solution", so they recommend re-cutting the stems and changing the water every 2 days. This would certainly also extend the longevity of the berries.

Lastly, let's talk about my floral arranging skills...or lack thereof!  😂 Having grown up in an artistic home and attending art school, I have an "eye" and basic understanding of principles of design, however, floral arranging escapes my abilities - I just don't know where to start! One of the next adventures I'd liked to partake in is to take a floral arranging class. I researched some of the options in the Atlanta area...

1) Atlanta School of Floral Design at Peachtree Flowers offers beginner, progressive, and wedding classes.  
2) Faith Flowers teaches flower and gardening classes including wedding and party flowers, beginning flower arranging, hand tied bouquets, grocery store flowers, and many more.  
3) I was introduced to Amanda Jewel Floral + Design when she offered a class at the Anthropologie I work at. She typically partners with retailers to offer a range of classes.
4) And for some mad skills, Halls Atlanta offers an intensive 36 hour course of study covering floral design from planning and purchasing to high style design.  

DO YOU HAVE ANY TRIED AND TRUE FLOWER CARE OR ARRANGING TIPS?

FLORAL PARK MARKET - ATLANTA, GA

When traveling to and fro cross-country with my dad, my mom always finds the most fun things to do along the route.  I am amazed at her ability to unearth activities that so exactly coordinate with the timing of their travels.  Most people find it hard to find things to do within their own city, let alone other cities!  

HER SECRET IS CLIPPING ARTICLES FROM THE NEWSPAPER OR BOOKMARKING WEBSITES AND SAVING THEM UNTIL THE TIME IS RIGHT.

Anyone that has met me, knows my moms love for seeking out new experiences must have rubbed off as I frequently write down upcoming events in my planner in case the urge strikes for a new adventure and you can often find me at pie making classes, networking events, art and music festivals, brewery tours, or hiking on a new trail.  Events 12 is by far my favorite Atlanta site to visit.  The rolling twelve month calendar of things to do is the most comprehensive I have found.  Also, while many of the other sites focus on large attractions, Events 12 is inclusive of events in smaller towns as well.  I also get the Creative Loafing daily email, which alerts you of five things to do each day.  The focus leans primarily towards music and art happenings with the events section on the physical site a little more well rounded.  Event Brite is great for networking gatherings and events individuals are trying to market.

One of my latest Atlanta excursions came about from old school marketing (aka a flyer that was dropped off at my work). "Fresh flowers" caught my eye so I snatched the bright yellow paper up and brought it home to where it sat for a few weeks. Finally a few Saturdays ago, I ventured to check out the Floral Park Market and I'm so glad I did!


It's right around the corner from my house and offers local/organic produce and eggs, prepared meals and lunches, fresh flowers, and birch poles/sheets as well as pottery for events or decorating in your own home (775 Trabert Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318; open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm and Sat 9:30am-3pm).









Owner, James Olsen, founded Floral Park Market in 1999 as a wholesale business to supply primarily  event planners and venues.  

HE SO GRACIOUSLY ANSWERED SOME QUESTIONS I HAD ON CARING FOR FRESH CUT FLOWERS. STAY TUNED!