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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Replacing water in a shallow container design without disturbing the design elements

Our goal as designers is to create the best environment for our flowers to stay as beautiful and fresh for as long as possible. When we condition flowers we always remove any leaves that will fall below the waterline of the design to prevent the leaves from deteriorating and rotting. Decaying leaves encourages bacterial growth which plugs the vascular system of the flower stems preventing water uptake.

Create a barrier between the floating grass and the flowers.jpg

If you have a shallow container design where the floating foliage, stems or grass is part of the design it is best to create a barrier and/or replace the water often. In this design I have small test tubes glued to the surface to keep the stems upright and to provide clean water.

Fill the container with the snippets

Fill the container with the snippets

Fill the container with water to let the snippest float

Fill the container with water to let the snippest float

Every few days the water in the container needs to be replaced to keep it fresh. It is best not to tilt or move the design and risk it getting ruined.

Suck up the water

Suck up the old water with a syringe and carefully fill the container with fresh water. If you are concerned about the water quality add a small amount of bleach to the water.

See the Tutorial below for a detailed instructions of how I made the syringe with tube.
See the Tutorial below on how to fill a container with water without disturbing the floral details

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3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

22 May 2012 Filling a vase with water without disturbing the design details

Break the water flow when you fill a vase with details in that can move with the stream of water

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