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Greenery Spotlight: Leather Leaf

written by Thalia Basulto March 12, 2018

Looking for ways to save money? Greenery might be your answer! Greenery is a low-cost way to add texture and fullness to your arrangements. In today’s blog post, I am highlighting leather leaf, a universal variety that provides shape, texture and color! This decorative filler is easy to use, works well in all seasons, and it’s also long lasting too! It’s been around for quite some time now and it’s often paired with baby’s breath and roses. Just like baby’s breath, leather leaf gets a bad rap but I’m here to tell you to keep an open mind! When working with traditional flowers or greenery, it’s all about giving it a new look. This means pairing your traditional greens with unexpected flowers such as protea or using it in unexpected ways such as a table runner. A great way to add more interest to your arrangements is by adding in other greenery. Try pairing leather leaf with eucalyptus greenery such as silver dollar, seeded eucalyptus or baby eucalyptus. Incorporating a mix of greens to your design is an inexpensive way to add interest! Check out some of the many ways you can include leather leaf into your design…

Also, be sure to check out our Victoria Lacey Leather Greenery it has a very similar look to leather leaf but the color is a little lighter and the foliage is feather-like.

Sources: Leather left and red carnations centerpiece, Burgundy and blush bridal bouquetMixed eucalyptus with leather leaf bouquetLeather leaf tablescape, Leather leaf and ranunculus boutonnieresLeather leaf garlandTropical chair decor, and Guest table arrangements.

How to care for your leather leaf:

  1. When your boxes arrive, it is important to get your greenery in water as quickly as possible. Open your boxes and remove any protective packaging, such as foam or paper.
  2. Inspect your greens.*
  3. Gather clean buckets or containers for your greeneries. Ensure your buckets or containers are very clean. We recommend rinsing them with warm water.
  4. Fill the buckets or containers with at least 4 inches of fresh, cool water. If flower food is available, follow the package directions for adding it to the water.
  5. Cut any straps and remove greens from the box. Remove any rubber bands or plastic sleeves protecting the greens.
  6. Remove any foliage that would fall below the waterline. Leaves below the waterline may cause bacteria to form, shortening the life of your flowers.
  7. Using sharp flower shears or scissors cut stems diagonally under cool, running water. Cut about an inch off of each stem.
  8. Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared water.
  9. Ensure that you have sufficient room in each bucket for the amount of stems you will be storing. Overcrowding may cause damage to stems and leaves.
  10. Allow greeneries at least 4 hours to hydrate, greenery may take up to 12 hours to properly hydrate. Periodically check the water levels. Greeneries will drink a lot of water when they first arrive and the water may need to be refilled.
  11. Keep greeneries away from direct sunlight, drafts or extreme temperatures. Store greenery in a cool dark area, until ready to use.
  12. Change water every 24 hours to keep greeneries fresh.

*If upon first inspection, you foresee a problem with your flowers, do not proceed processing your order. Leave the flowers intact in the box and call us immediately at 1-877-50 ROSES (507-6737)

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