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Flowers with Milky Stems
Poppies, poinsettias and dahlias have a milky liquid flowing through their stems. To seal this liquid in and make the flowers last longer, the ends of the stems should be held over a flame like a candle, gas jet or cigarette lighter. Hold the end of the stem over the flame for about thirty seconds until the end of the stem turns black. The flower heads should be held on an angle to protect the delicate petals. Another method is to dip the stems in boiling water for about thirty seconds. Hold the stems on an angle and protect the petals from steam by holding newspaper around the flower heads. Place stems immediately in warm water and give flowers a long drink before arranging. If stems need to be re cut later on when arranging these flowers, you will need to repeat the above steps. To avoid this you could cut the stems to different lengths before sealing the ends of the stems.

Bulb Flowers
Certain flowers grow from a bulb. These include tulips, daffodils, jonquils, narcissus, irises and hyacinths. These flowers often have a white portion at the ends of the stems. Cut this white portion off before conditioning as only the green part of the stem can take up water. Daffodils, jonquils and narcissus have a thick sap which oozes from the end of the stems when they are cut. Wipe it off before placing the stems in water. Keep these flowers separate from other flowers when they are being conditioned as the sap can affect other flowers. The thick sap can clog the ends of stems and prevent the uptake of water. Stand the stems in about 7.5 cm. (3") of water and allow to stand for at least six hours before arranging them. Bulb flowers prefer shallow water. If daffodils, jonquils and narcissus are placed in deep water, the thick stems can become water logged and the stems shrivel up and the petals go papery.

Wilted Flowers
Wilted flowers can often be revived by standing the stems in fairly hot water right up to the flower heads. After the water has cooled, allow the flowers to stand in the water for a few hours before arranging them. Roses can often be perked up by floating the whole stem, head and all, in warm water for half an hour.

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In our floral design diploma course you will learn how to care for the many different varieties of flowers and foliage that are used in flower arranging and floral design.
By following our easy to follow step-by-step lessons, you can soon be making fabulous floral design and throughout our course, we will share with you the same tips and techniques that florists use.
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Floral design, floristry and flower arranging courses. International floral design school offering  floral design and floristry home study courses through distance learning. Learn to create corsages, flower arrangements, basket designs, European floral designs, traditional and modern floral designs, gift boxes of flowers, wreaths, bridal bouquets, wedding designs and posies. Flower shop management and florist training. Study floral design and floristry for an exciting career or as a hobby. Beginners are most welcome. Our professional floral design course will teach you hundreds of floral design tips and techniques. View photos of different styles of floral designs and floral arrangements.

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