Nothing beats fresh flowers to improve the mood and ambiance of any room. If you’re one of those people who is confused when it comes to arranging flowers, don’t worry. It’s easy to bring the garden into your home with these seven steps of flower arranging.

  1. Prepare Your Vessel for Flower Arranging

Before using a vase, wipe off the dust with a dry cloth. Then wash it with soap and water to remove any remaining residue. Also, wash the vase when you swap out your flowers with bleach. That will kill any bacteria that could harm the next batch of flowers.

  1. Trim Down the Stems

Trim at least a half-inch from the stems at a 45-degree angle. Doing so will ensure the plant can absorb water from the vase. A knife works better, especially if you have a pruning knife. If you use a kitchen knife, choose one that is super sharp. Ordinary scissors will crush the stems, which prevents water uptake.

  1. Put the Flowers in Water

As soon as you cut the stems place them in water because they start “breathing” in mere seconds and that makes them die sooner. If you want your flowers to bloom quickly, put them in hot water for about an hour or so. Then, put them in room-temperature water instead when they have started to bloom.

  1. Set the Grid

To support your flowers, you can create a grid on the mouth of the container using florist tape. To create a base in a shallow vessel, cut chicken wire or floral netting to fit. Both will hold hardy stems horizontally and are reusable. Just crumple it into a ball and tape it to the base with florist’s tape. You can also use floral foam, but do not reuse it.

  1. Arrange the Flowers

To start flower arranging, first add height with several tall, hardy stems. That will also create a backdrop and focal point. The tallest flower should be about one-and-a-half times the height of the vase. Try to have a few blooms that are few inches shorter than the tallest one. Layer in colorful, bold ones in first and sprinkle in some smaller, delicate blooms to fill in any gaps.

  1. Add Some Green

To finish your flower arranging, you’ll need some greenery such as fern fronds or other leafy greens. Foliage is long-lasting and stays flexible while flowers dry out, but you can still replace it as necessary. Adding greenery sets the shape and structure. Certain greenery looks seasonal, like evergreens for the winter. But you can use ferns all year long. You can also use things you find in your own backyard to fill it out like twigs.

  1. Make Your Flower Arrangement Last Longer

The best way to make your flowers last as long as possible is to switch out the water every day. If you want them to stick around longer, add a splash of vodka to keep ethylene gas at a minimum, as it causes them to wilt. Also, you should keep cut flowers out of direct sunlight. If any of them start to wilt or turn brown, remove them, as they release bacteria that can make the others “sick” too.

It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to master flower arranging. With these tips, you can create an attractive arrangement that will last a long time, too. Beautify your home any time of the year with flowers and greens.