Ask the Expert: orchid question
I am helping a friend with her wedding flowers. She wants to have phalaeonpsis orchids in a cascade bouquet. If I make a cascade bouquet and have to wire in some flowers (they would have no water source) how long can she expect them to last. She needs to have it made on a Friday to transport 1 1/2 hours to another town. Then the wedding is not until 4:00pm Saturday. Will the bouquet hold up for this amount of time? Thanks! Shellie
With the time and transportation issues, I would not take a chance on using Phalaenopsis orchids without a water source. However, there maybe one or two solutions to your problem. You can soak chenelle stems (pipe cleaners) in water and insert them in the orchid stems – this will provide a small amount of water. Another alternative is to soak cotton balls in water and place on the end of the orchid stems, until an hour before the service. A third option is to use water picks. These small plastic tubes, with one end pointed and the other end having a rubber cap (in which flowers can be inserted), are used to anchor fresh flowers with delicate stems into foam or other materials while providing a water source. If you could strategically hid the water picks (the snug-fitting cap will prevent leakage) in the bouquet, you would have a water source for the Phalaenopsis orchid bouquet.
To help keep the flowers fresh, you will need to transport the flowers in a cooler. Place a bag of ice in the bottom of a cooler, then place a piece of plastic and a thin cardboard on top of the ice. Place the Orchid bouquet on top of the cardboard and close the lid. This will protect the bouquet from temperatures extremes on the way to car and during the long drive. The cool temperature will help keep the orchids fresh for the wedding.
Phalaenopsis orchids make wonderful wedding flowers; don’t let the lack of a traditional water source deter you.