How to Preserve Berries for Floral Arrangements

Two Parts:Conditioning the cuttingsSpraying the berries

If you're using berries as part of a floral display, you'll be conscious that they are a lot fleshier than the flowers and leaves. This makes them prone to rotting faster and/or dropping off their stems. If you condition them before using in the floral arrangement, they'll remain in good shape for longer.

Part 1
Conditioning the cuttings

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    Cut the berries with plenty of stem left intact. The stem is essential for allowing the berries to be included in any floral arrangement.
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    Cut the stems at an angle. This allows for maximum surface to uptake water.
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    Stand the stems in a vase or container of warm water. Let stand for several hours.

Part 2
Spraying the berries

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    Place the vase or container holding the berries on their stems inside an upended box. The box will prevent the spray going over other surfaces.
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    Spray the berries with hair spray. Be sure to get all of the berries and coat all surfaces evenly.
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    Use a polyurethane spray varnish if you also want gloss. This also gives additional preservation to the berries. Spray two layers, allowing for drying in between.
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    Arrange the berries. Once the sprays have dried properly, the berries are now ready to be included as part of your floral arrangement.

Tips

  • Indoor heating will cause berries to shrivel. This conditioning process should help to prevent this but do keep the floral and berry arrangement away from a direct source of heating when on display, so that it lasts longer.

Things You'll Need

  • Berries on stems
  • Scissors or gardening snips
  • Vase or container suitable for holding the berries above the vase/water line
  • Warm water
  • Box large enough to fit the berries in the vase when turned upright or sideways
  • Hair spray
  • Polyurethane spray varnish (optional)


Article Info

Categories: Flower Arranging and Floral Art