Picking the Perfect Flowers for Your Arrangement

Flower arrangements are delicate things. Every colour and flower have to be exact. If you mix the wrong colours it looks tacky; in the same way, if you mix the wrong flower types it looks strange. There are many things to look out for when choosing flowers for your arrangement. We at Valen Fleur want to give you some advice about how you can determine what flowers to use with just one question. For what occasion is your flower arrangement for? Read on to learn what type of flowers to use in the following situations.

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Congratulatory Arrangement

When someone graduates from college or succeeds in some area of their life, it is always nice to gift them some flowers. A congratulatory arrangement tends to be comprised of vibrant colours. You can use two or three brilliant colours; or if you feel the person would love a more colourful arrangement, you can add even more. Typically, the flowers for this kind of arrangement can be chosen based on the person that you plan to give them to. If the person you wish to congratulate loves the colour red, then you can arrange the flowers with red being the star flower colour. This doesn’t mean you should use only red, but the red flowers should be the ones that stick out the most. Another option is to choose colours that have to do with the success itself. For example, if your daughter has graduated from high school, then arrange the flowers with the colours of her uniform; or even the colours of the school logo. There are many different ways that you can arrange this one. In the end, it is up to you to determine which suits the person best.

Consolatory Arrangement

pretty pink bouquetNo gift is ever enough to fully consolidate someone who has lost a loved one. Flowers are often a good choice as they have deep meaning depending on which ones you use. Flowers arranged to provide sympathy should be simple in colour. We recommend an arrangement that is almost all white flowers; if you feel the need to add some more colours then try using a white flower with a black centre or show some of the branches and leaves. Do your best not to overcomplicate your arrangement. White roses tend to be the best choice for the prominent flower in a consolatory arrangement. If you are aware of the deceased’s favourite flower you can use this in order to give your arrangement more meaning. Remember, your arrangement is supposed to remind people of the joys given to and from the life that came before this moment. An arrangement of this sort should provide some comfort to those left behind.

Flower Arrangements for an Event

If you want to arrange flowers for a particular event you should choose flowers based on the theme of your event. Having a theme doesn’t mean you all need to dress up. It simply means the colour theme of your event. For example, if you are planning a wedding with a colour theme of blue and white, you can arrange flowers that are prominently blue and white. This way the flowers you choose will meld with all the other decorations being set up for your event.

A Flower Arrangement for Yourself

We’ve spent most of our time talking about how to arrange flowers to give to someone else. How would you like to design a flower arrangement just for you? This is probably one of the easiest arrangements to choose because nobody knows what you want better than you do. You can pick your own favourite colours and your own favourite flowers. The only thing you need to keep track of is which flowers go well together and which don’t. In the end, whatever arrangement looks perfect to you is perfect for you.

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How to Keep Potted Plants Healthy

People assume that caring for a potted flower is the same as caring for a garden flower. While there are some similarities, potted flowers do have certain unique needs that you must be aware of in order to keep the flowers healthy. If you are planning to grow some potted flowers or any potted plant for that matter, here are a few tips from Valen Fleur.

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Make Sure to Use Good Soil

One of the major differences between garden flowers and potted flowers is the lack of water flow in the soil. Because the soil in a pot is limited, it is important that you make sure your flowers still get enough nutrition. We recommend that you use rich soil that already has higher than average nutrition inside it. Do not just fill your whole pot with this soil; we recommend that you mix the soil with an equal amount of compost so that new nutrients are introduced to the soil as the compost mixes in.

Watch out for Bugs

pops flowersSome bugs are good for flowers, while others are not. It is important that you keep an eye on your flowers to make sure no harmful bugs get into your soil. Certain bugs may burrow into the soil of your pot and start eating the nutrients inside. There are some bugs that will eat your flowers directly. Some chemicals can be used in order to dissuade bugs from entering your pot. We recommend not using chemicals directly on your flowers as it may cause them harm. You can, however, place chemicals around the base of your pot to either poison or repel potentially harmful bugs, keeping your flowers and your soil safe.

 

 

Change Your Soil Regularly

Eventually, your soil is going to run low on nutrients or dry out and become crumbly. You should be regularly changing your soil before this happens. If you notice that your flowers are starting to droop or your soil is crumbly, then you know you’ve waited too long to replace it.

Prune Your Flowers

When it comes to pruning potted flowers, you should try to keep them no more than twice the height of your pot. Preferably, the height of your flowers will be around the same or just above the height of your pot. Not only is this more aesthetically pleasing, but it also means the flower roots don’t have to pump nutrients too far up that your soil gets depleted too quickly. It is also good for the balance of the flowers. If you allowed your flowers to grow as high and wide as they wanted, eventually they would start drooping over the side of the pot. Pruning is also important when it comes to removing old or dead flowers. Dead flowers will introduce new seeds into the soil if they are not removed. If that happened, you would have far too many flowers in your pot for the small amount of soil to handle and they would all die. We recommend that you also make sure to cut off any unnecessary stem from your flowers in order to allow them to breathe well. This will also encourage the remaining flower plants to grow more flowers.

Don’t be Afraid to Upsize

If your flower does grow taller than you planned, the simple solution is to relocate your flowers to a bigger pot. The steps to accomplishing this are the same as those of replacing your soil. The only difference is where your flowers end up after you’re done. This also means you now have a perfectly good pot to start growing some new flowers in.

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Water Your Flowers Regularly

This is an obvious step for anything to do with plants. Regular water is even more important for potted flowers. Flowers in a garden can survive with the water buried in the ground for a short time; however, flowers in pots will quickly die without regular water being added to them. Every flower requires a different amount of water, but typically your soil should look slightly damp at all times if you are watering your flowers regularly. If your soil or your flower looks dry then you may need to water them more often. If you follow these steps for taking care of potted flowers, you should continue to have gorgeous, healthy flowers for a long time.