Get the most out of your Strawflowers by cutting fresh stems and wiring little stems/flower heads as well! Wired Strawflowers will last forever in a vase, and never droop, and they can also be bent and manipulated to use in wreaths and other creative designs.
Strawflowers... as a cut flower for drying... can sometimes be a bit tricky...The first flushes of blooms at the beginning of the season should give you lovely, long, strong stems. But, at the same time... if you wait too long for those stems to stiffen up, you may risk the flower over-developing, so sometimes it is preferable to cut them early and wire them.
Strawflowers are also multi-branching plants and sometimes they can have beautiful little offshoots of flowers, but with barely any stem at all, so again, wiring then can make them more useful. This is how to get the most out of your plants...
HOW TO WIRE STRAWFLOWERS
- Start with a beautiful packet of Strawflower seeds so that you can grow these magnificent flowers at home!
- Cut and hang-dry healthy, sturdy stems... before the flower has fully opened
- Throughout the season, pick little flower heads, offshoots, or clustered blooms... use these for garlands or pop them on wires!
- Using small, sharp snips cut the stem off completely, while the flower is still fresh. Take a florist wire and insert into the base of the flower head... just a couple of millimetres. Try not to insert too far as you will risk poking the wire through to the other side.
- Pop the wired flower in a jar and store in a cool, dark place, taking care not to disturb them. In just a couple of weeks, the flowers will have shrunk and naturally sealed themselves onto the wire. No glue is necessary.
- If, over time, you are finished with the flowers, you can pull really hard to remove them, pop the flower heads in your compost and re-use the wires.
- My 'Florist Wire' bundles include at least 100 wires in the perfect size and weight for wiring Strawflowers.
- Wires measure L 23cm