Flower Fact: Hellebores, Camellias, Gardenias all bloom during the winter months making them a great option to use in arrangements during January.
Care Tip: Add a tablespoon of bleach and sugar to your water to serve as flower food. The bleach will kill bacteria in the water and the sugar will feed the flowers. This will help them to last longer. Make sure to change your water and give your flowers a fresh cut on a 45 degree angle every 1-2 days.
Care Tip: To help Hellebores and Camellias hydrate better, cut a vertical 2-inch slit in the bottom of the freshly cut stem. After cutting place the stem directly in your vase that is filled with water and floral preservative.
Arranging Tip: To help these flowers stand up straight in their vase you can stick a wire through the stem and center of the flower. This is called the hairpin technique. Follow these steps to hairpin your flower.
Bend a length of wire into a hairpin shape.
Thread both ends through the centre of the flower, piercing either side of the center until the wire comes through the bottom of bloom.
Twist the wire down around the stem to help re-enforce the flower and stem.
Finally, stretch and wind floral tape over the wire and flower stem tightly.
Herbal Tip: Gardenias may help with anxiety and inflammation. Camellias may help boost your immune system, reduce stress, and promote weight loss.