DIY secrets of growing your own wedding flowers
When planning a wedding, you know how expensive the perfect big day can be. To save money, consider having the florist cut out, which can cost anywhere from $ 500 to $ 1080. Growing your own wedding flowers can easily cut costs and use fabulous flowers for bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and more.
To plan properly and save money, check out the insider secrets below.
1. Choose the right flowers
Before buying seeds or choosing a place for your garden, you need to know what types of flowers to grow. Not only do you need flowers that match your theme, but you also need long and sturdy stems that are perfect for sitting in a vase or arranging in a bouquet.
Just remember that you need to use annual blooming flowers in your decor. While perennials can be beautiful, they focus on developing strong roots the first year and only developing stronger stems after two or three years of flowering. If you absolutely must have perennials like daylilies or phlox, use these for boutonnieres that are less subject to wear and tear.
2. Consider the timing
Different flowers bloom at different times of the year, with fewer options to choose from in winter. If you already have seeds, see the season’s package directions for planting. As a handy guide, take a look at the popular wedding flowers that bloom in every season:
- Spring: Daffodils, apple blossoms, peonies, roses, tulips and lilacs.
- Summer: Orchids, dahlias, zinnias, freesias, sunflowers and daisies.
- Autumn: Calla lilies, marigolds, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, roses and yarrows.
- Winter: Jasmine, holly, gardenias, poinsettias, camellias and mini gerberas.
If you choose the right flower for the time of year, they will bloom on time and look stunning.
3. Getting inside
You don’t have to rush outside to start planting. Instead, create an indoor setup with small pots. Use good quality soil and water frequently as the seeds need to be kept moist at all times. As your seeds begin to germinate, you can keep an eye on the process.
The seed packet or a quick online search will tell you when germination should take place. It can take up to a month for some flowers to sprout. So be patient.
4. Find a sunny place
Once your seedlings begin to push their way through the soil and expose themselves to light, it’s time to take them outside. Find a place that gets a lot of sun but does not collect excess water. Be sure to remove weeds before planting your seedlings.
Once planted, you need to support, feed, and care for your plants. Add stakes for plants like sweet peas that need support to grow into adulthood. You should also add fertilizer – either store-bought or homemade. If you decide to make your own, there are plenty of organic recipes to follow.
5. Harvest carefully
When your plants start to flower, you’ll need to regularly chop off dead flower heads to make sure they keep producing. When you’re ready to harvest for your wedding, bring clean buckets and sharp scissors. Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle and remove any stray leaves before adding them to the bucket.
The best time of day to harvest flowers is in the morning, when the stems are completely plump (filled with water). The flowers are also coated in morning dew, which makes them even more beautiful and fragrant as you walk around the garden.
6. Create an arrangement
You have your flowers – so what? It’s time to arrange them! When mixing your flowers, look for a variety of textures and shapes. Create a balance between the simple and the visually stunning.
Once you’ve chosen your range, it’s time to put it together. Choose a base and fill the inside with a chicken wire foundation. The wire will hold your flowers in place when you find the perfect design.
Grow your own wedding flowers
Weddings are expensive, with flower arrangements making up a large part of the price. While imported flowers can save you money, sometimes harmful pesticides can be used to treat them. Growing your own flowers can save you a lot of money while adding a personal touch to the look of your wedding.
Originally published: 05/08/2019 10:32:00 AM