The oriental lily is a large star-shaped flower that comes in shades of white, pink, rose and red. Oriental lilies bloom in clusters of three to four flowers per stem. Once the stems are cut, the flowers begin to age and the stem can no longer support the bloom's weight. As a result, the stem often bends and the flowers droop. By wiring each stem with floral wire, you can add extra support that will keep your bouquet looking fresh for a longer period of time.
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Things you need
- 6 oriental lily stems
- Stem stripper
- Paper towel
- Wire cutters
- 18 gauge floral wire
- Floral tape
- Baby's breath
- Rubber band
Remove foliage along each oriental lily stem using a stem stripper. You may want to leave a few leaves attached near the blooms for a framing effect.
Fill a bucket three-quarters full with cold water. Hold the stems underwater and use a knife to cut the bottom 2 inches of each stem off at a 45 degree angle. Leave the flowers sitting in the water for five to 10 minutes to rehydrate.
Remove one stem from the water and pat dry with a paper towel. Using a pair of wire cutters, cut a length of 18 gauge floral wire that is double the length of the stem. Insert one end of wire horizontally through the thickest part of the stem, just below the first bloom. Pull the wire gently until it is halfway through the stem. Bend both wire ends down so they run along the sides of the stem. Tape over the stem and wires with floral tape. Repeat this step for the remaining five lily stems.
Hold a lily stem vertically in one hand. Add the other oriental lily stems one by one, arranging them in a circular dome shape. Add stems of baby's breath to your arrangement, tucking them between the lilies. Wrap a rubber band around the middle of the finished arrangement.
Cut all stems to an even length. Cut a 6- to 8-inch piece of ribbon and wrap twice around the stems over the rubber band. Tie the ends in a bow. Fill a vase halfway with water and place the bouquet in the vase.
Tips and warnings
- Mix in roses and greenery to increase the fullness of the bouquet.
- Add flower food to the water of your vase to increase the bouquet's life.
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