As you all have probably guessed by now, I love clematis! Luckily for me, Florabundance sent a huge box filled to the brim with an assortment of clematis. I’ve been in amazement by this flower, as you will see below I kept a “sample vase” on my meeting table for two weeks to watch how it ages. Yes, you read that right, TWO weeks!
The clematis came packed very nicely, no blooms were squished. I immediately conditioned them – fresh cuts on the stems, lukewarm water and flower food. Here they are hydrating:
The stem length is absolutely amazing, 30-36″ long depending on the color variety. The foliage is as pretty as the flowers. Each stem had a bloom measuring 3-7″ depending on the color variety, plus a few closed blooms.
The first thing I did was grab a few stems of each color and placed them in a vase which sat on my meeting table for two weeks. I changed the water and clipped the stems 3 times, I did not use flower food in the vase. By day 12 the petals started to drop, the foliage remained pretty for a few more days. Keep in mind, we have very low humidity in Denver which makes it difficult for most flowers to last longer than a week.
I will say that clematis definitely prefers clear water and does not like floral foam! We did test it and it lasted less than 24 hours in the floral foam. I had a conversation with a wedding planner who was visiting my studio and she mentioned that she had just worked a wedding where the florist used clematis on the arch and it was wilted before ceremony had begun. I inquired if floral foam had been used on the arch, sure enough it had! My recommendation would be to water tube the clematis stems and place those into the floral foam if needed.
Do you like what you see??
These clematis can be ordered directly from Florabundance – Website & phone: 800-201-3597
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