Dahlias are increasingly used as part of bouquets and compositions.
They are inferior to some other species in terms of durability when cut, but a wide range of colors, variety and clarity of inflorescence shapes allow you to create spectacular compositions and bouquets of dahlias for decorating residential premises, celebrations and exhibitions.
Below are photos of dahlia bouquets made for various special occasions.
Using dahlias for bouquets and arrangements
For bouquets, pompon, cactus, nymphaeum, spherical varieties with long strong peduncles are used. Cut flowers should be of medium size, fully open, with no wilted lower petals. Cut them in dry weather, early in the morning or in the evening, when the plants contain the most water. For a better flow of moisture into the stem, a cut is made over the internode with a sharp knife obliquely, and immediately immersed in water for the entire length of the peduncle. It is advisable to keep them in this form for several hours in a dark, cool place. To reduce evaporation, the leaves on the stem must be removed.
If transportation is necessary, cut flowers are placed in cardboard boxes with a bottom lined with wax or parchment paper, lightly sprinkled with water, in 2-3 rows, tightly, face up, tightly covered with paper on top, closed with a lid. Such flowers can be stored in a dark, cool place for up to 4-7 days. Before being placed in water, the transported plants are freely laid out on paper in a cool place, sprinkled with cold water, then placed in a wide bowl of water, and the cut obliquely is renewed with a sharp knife or secateurs. Flowers are first placed in a tall vessel, immersed in water up to the very inflorescence. After 1-2 hours, the water is drained to half.
A few words about how to make a bouquet of dahlias. The number of flowers is chosen depending on their size and the purpose of the composition, for small bouquets – an odd number, up to 9 pieces, for special occasions – at least 11-17 flowers on long stems.
It is better if the dahlias in the bouquets are of the same variety; depending on the color, arrangement greenery is selected for them, for example, fern leaves, funkia, asparagus twigs. Such bouquets look great in decorative baskets or low vases with a metal tattoo, better than dull ones, without ornaments, which will emphasize the beauty of the flowers. When arranging in a vase, the stems should not cross, the branches and leaves of greenery are selected so that they are in harmony with the flowers in shape and color.
In solemn occasions, bright red dahlias look great, in anniversary compositions you can use bright and cheerful colors.
Wedding bouquet of the bride from dahlias
Dahlia wedding bouquets are popular. They can be combined with other colors or make spectacular mono-compositions. A wide range of tones from white, soft peach and cream to bright crimson and burgundy, the clarity of the inflorescence shapes make dahlia bride’s bouquets stylistically seasoned, romantic and airy.
How to save a bouquet of dahlias
Cut dahlias last an average of 3 to 7 days. In a cold room, at 3-5 ° C, flowers can remain fresh for 9-12 days, and when placed in the sun or draft, they fade within 2-3 hours.
Since it is not easy to keep a bouquet of dahlias for a long time, we list some conditions, the observance of which will extend its life:
- flowers are better preserved in soft water, rain, melt or distilled;
- water for the bouquet should not be chlorinated, before using it, it must be held in an open container for at least 30 minutes. for weathering chlorine;
- for dahlias, the preferred water temperature is 16-18 ° C, in summer it is even colder, up to 6-8 ° C;
- it is necessary to change the water daily; in hot weather, ice can be added to it or changed several times a day;
- so that the buds do not fade, they can be sprinkled several times a day;
- cotton wicks can be placed in the hollow ends of the peduncles, which will provide them with better moisture;
- when changing water every 2-3 days, the vase must be thoroughly washed from the inside, the stems should be washed, the sections should be refreshed by cutting them under water;
- to disinfect and prevent rotting, water can be acidified by adding vinegar, citric or boric acid, potassium permanganate, you can also place a copper or silver coin in a vase. For resistant varieties of dahlias, a concentration is recommended: 1 tablespoon of 9% vinegar per 1 liter of water, for less resistant varieties – 2 times higher;
- slightly wilted flowers can be revived by cutting the stems and placing them for 5 minutes. in hot (40 ° C), and then for 3 hours – cold water. Under the influence of high temperature, the vessels in the stems expand, and they again begin to absorb moisture.