Flower Buckets – A Convenient and Cost-Effective Alternative to Traditional Flower Arrangements
Bucket arrangements offer a simple and cost-effective alternative to traditional flower arranging techniques. Buckets are accessible to anyone with access to their garden, balcony, or fence, as well as event planners and creative flower enthusiasts who seek unique approaches.
Bring sparkling clean buckets (along with a tarp if necessary) for harvesting flowers; three or more buckets should fit easily in the back seat of a sedan, and even more may be checked in your SUV.
One bucket of seasonal flowers & greenery grown right here on our farm! This bucket will include focal flowers, filler flowers & foliage to make DIY bouquets and arrangements!
Each bucket will include at least 50-60 stems, depending on the variety. This amount should allow for the creation of several large or smaller arrangements.
Prep your flower buckets for rehydration by filling them with as clean of water as possible (ideally filtered) and choosing a large enough bucket so the stems can fully submerge. Multiple sizes should also be available as the needs of different flowers and greens may differ during rehydration.
Once rehydrated, any foliage below the water line must be removed, which can promote bacteria growth and lead to decay. Also, it’s helpful to remove any leaves that look unhealthy, such as those near stem ends; during rehydration, make sure you place buckets in a cool area away from direct sunlight or heating vents for best results.
Add biocide to the water to protect it against the growth of bacteria, yeasts, and fungi that could plug up xylem roots and make watering difficult for flowers. One effective biocide solution would be adding three-quarters bleach to one gallon of water.
Harvesting at the appropriate stage is critical for the optimal vase life of cut flowers. Zinnias and cockscomb should be fully developed at harvest time to avoid pollination that shortens vase life, while sunflowers must be picked before opening up so as not to pollinate other flowers that shorten postharvest life. We prefer harvesting early morning or late evening to avoid the heat of day harvesting. We constantly cut with a sharp knife with slanted cuts for maximum surface area for water intake and protection against being blocked in the bottom storage bucket where stems sit flat. Bunching flowers together can keep their vibrant beauty for as long as possible!
After harvest, buckets should be filled with extraordinary, clean water mixed with flower food solution (Chrysal #2) according to label instructions. This solution must remain fresh; bacteria thrive best in dirty conditions.
Flowers should then be left in a fantastic dark location to rest for at least 24 hours before being placed in customers’ hands; this ensures the most optimal vase life possible! Once delivered to customers’ hands, they must be handled as carefully as possible to preserve delicate petals and stems and avoid damaging them by dropping or bending.
Flower buckets make transport and display easier in garden centers, florist shops, supermarkets, and weddings/events; additionally, they help keep flowers fresh longer, according to Waque.
Flower buckets require special consideration when watering and storing. First, the bucket must be free from bacteria; next, its solution must be changed regularly to prevent spoilage; use cool water as its manufacturer recommends; finally, sanitize with bleach and biocide to protect flower quality from diseases that might affect it.
As opposed to in-ground plants, cut flower roots cannot reach deep into the soil for water sources; therefore, regular irrigation is necessary to keep this kind of plant hydrated and to use an appropriate amount – too little will lead to stress, while too much could result in stem rot.
Water plants at the end of each day when temperatures are cool to avoid bruising and tangling of flowers and foliage, and shaded areas when possible to lower temperatures and decrease transpiration. When watering, always pour directly onto the soil rather than flowers or greenery to ensure all the needed moisture reaches the roots.
This DIY flower bucket provides the ideal tool to help you craft unique arrangements for weddings, parties, and other special events. Packed full of focal flowers, filler flowers, greenery, and textural elements – you’ll have everything you need to craft stunning bouquets or arrangements of your creation! Typically, it contains enough stems for 2-3 large mason jar arrangements or 6-8 smaller arrangements in bud vases depending on seasonal availability – the flowers will vary accordingly.
Once your flowers have been harvested, they should be stored in a relaxed environment (ideally under refrigeration), away from direct sunlight as this will speed up their decomposition and can hasten their breakdown into components that harm blooms. Also, avoid any food, particularly citrus foods, which produce an acid that depletes flower blooms quickly.
At the core of any successful storage, plan lies ensuring each bucket is safely secured within the vehicle so they cannot shift, protecting your flowers from collision, and keeping their water levels steady so as not to lose too much during transport.
If you plan on transporting numerous flower buckets, emptying and storing them in a refrigerator before leaving for your trip may be beneficial. This will remove excess air and ensure that the flowers will remain fresher for longer.