With Spring quickly approaching, I thought it’d be a perfect time to talk about our lovely lilac! Lilac, also known as Syringa, is best known for their aromatic scent and their small clusters of grape-like blooms. Lilac is an excellent choice for adding texture and fullness to an arrangement. They come in beautiful shades of purple, white and blush. They’re offered in three varieties, which are standard, premium and designer. What’s the difference? Premium comes with two heads per stem whereas designer has four heads per stem. Each variety looks wonderful paired with other spring flowers like tulips, hyacinths, and lily of the valley. Lilac is only available January through May making it a true spring flower. On average, the expected vase life is about three days with proper care and handling. This flower is known to be a little delicate so we do recommend this to florists or other professionals. Check out the stunning and oh-so-elegant centerpiece featuring lilac!
Here’s what you’ll need to recreate this centerpiece: White Lilac, Vanilla Ice Cream Spray Roses, a few stems of Pale Vintage Hydrangeas, White Lisianthus, White Ranunculus, and a mix of Gardenia Peonies and Sarah Bernhardt Peonies. For added color, Purple Lilac was also added, along with Stock Pinky Lavender.
How to care for your lilac:
- Remove flowers from box by cutting any straps. Do not remove the rubber bands holding the flowers together in a bunch.
- Fill containers with at least 4 inches of fresh, cool water.
- Add floral food to prevent bacteria from growing in the water and to give added nutrients to the Lilac flowers.
- Remove any leaves that fall below the water line. Leaves will mold or rot and cause bacteria to form and shorten the flower’s life.
- Using sharp scissors or a knife, cut the stems under running water diagonally approximately one inch from each stem’s bottom edge.
- Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared water.
- Allow flowers at least 4 hours to hydrate well. Lilac flowers may take up to 12 hours to properly hydrate.
- Stems may need to be recut on the second day.
- Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat.
- Change water every 24 to 48 hours or when the water becomes cloudy to keep flowers fresh. Assure that your Lilac flowers have sufficient water. The flowers will drink an exceptionally large amount of water upon arrival.
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