Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is quickly approaching! Is anyone else keeping a close eye?! We’re most excited to see Meghan’s bouquet. It is a royal tradition for the wedding bouquets to contain at least one sprig of myrtle so it’s safe to assume Meghan will have one too. This tradition dates back to Queen Victoria’s time and since then every royal bride has walked down the aisle with a sprig of myrtle. Myrtle symbolizes good luck and prosperity in marriage, so it’s very fitting to include one in your bridal bouquet whether you’re royalty or not.
Myrtle is typically used as a decorative filler. It’s known for its lush, dense foliage, which covers its long vertical stem and its rich green color. Myrtle is available year-round and it has an average vase life of 8 days. This greenery pairs well with petal heavy flowers like garden roses, peonies, and ranunculus.
- 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.
- Inspect your greens.*
- Gather clean buckets or containers for your greeneries. Ensure your buckets or containers are very clean. We recommend rinsing them with warm water.
- 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.
- Cut any straps and remove greens from the box. Remove any rubber bands or plastic sleeves protecting the greens.
- Remove any foliage that would fall below the waterline. Leaves below the waterline may cause bacteria to form, shortening the life of your flowers.
- Using sharp flower shears or scissors cut stems diagonally under cool, running water. Cut about an inch off of each stem.
- Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared water.
- 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.
- 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.
- Keep greeneries away from direct sunlight, drafts or extreme temperatures. Store greenery in a cool dark area, until ready to use.
- 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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