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Sunday, June 09, 2002
Subject: When to put wire stems in flowers
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I make and sell dried peony bouquets, and have
always thrown the small, unopened buds away when I
was putting the peonies in bunches for drying.
This year I decided to put some of the unopened
buds in water. They opened and bloomed, and it
occurred to me that, although their stems are
short--usually only 5 or 6 inches long, I could
put wires up the stems of the blooms and cover the
stems with floral tape. That way I could use the
pretty, smaller blooms too. But I've never put
floral wire up the stems of flowers before. Do I
do it before drying them or after? And is there a
special way of doing it? Thanks very much fo


Monday, June 10, 2002
RE: When to put wire stems in flowers
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Sounds like a great idea!

Two options to try: The first would be similar to wiring Strawflowers that are best done immediately after you pick the buds. When we did this, we used the green floral wire and which does not require any taping. Just insert it right in the middle of the stem pushing towards the bud. Stop just short of pushing through the bud. Then place them upright in an open, airy and dark space.

Another option would be to use a floral pick. This is a green stick with a small wire attached to the top. The wire would be used to wrap around the small stem and the 'pick' (stick) would give you a synthetic stem.

Good luck and please let us know about the wiring success.

D. Scott


Tuesday, June 11, 2002
RE: When to put wire stems in flowers
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I hadn't thought of floral picks. If I used
those, would it be better to put them on after
the peonies have dried, since the stems do shrink
some? I'll try both the wires and the picks and
let you know later.

(I don't know why, but every time I post a message
or reply, some of the letters of my last words are
omitted from the post. Hmmmmm

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