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Pressing Flowers in the Winter

Take advantage of the season to add more flowers to your collection

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Pressing Flowers in the Winter

You may think that your ability to press flowers will be severely limited in the winter months. but the solution lies mainly in your flower selection. For example, you probably won't have much luck pressing African violets unless you put a lot of work into them.

There are flowers that bloom in the winter, and pressing these flowers is a rewarding experience. They add diversity to your pressed flower collections.

HelleboresAmong the best flowers to grow and press is the hellebore, an evergreen perennial that keeps its vibrant colors throughout late winter to spring, even in the snow. Hellebore has a small bulb, about to 2 inches.

Winters Hope CamilliaAnother great flower to press is Winterís Hope Camellia. The four-inch flowers are mainly white and it has a nice glossy, leather-like leaves. A perfect complement to the flowers when pressed.

Ice PansysIce pansies are easy to grow, and the flowers bloom in late winter months and spring in a variety of colors. Planting this flower in your garden will give you more flowers to press, plus they look pretty in the garden.

Don't let the cold of the season keep you from enjoying  flower pressing. Fresh flowers aren't hard to find in the winter; some, you can grow indoors as a house plant. Think Christmas Cactus, Rosemary, Caladium, Ivy...

You can find many flowers at your florist; keep going back because a lot of very nice flowers are seasonal. To find out which flowers are in season go to the International Floral Distributors website.

Buy Fresh Flowers Wholesale:

If you have a federal business ID you can choose from a huge variety of fresh flowers that are suitable for pressing from any wholesale florist at very reasonable prices.

You can find one by doing a Google search for "wholesale florist + your city. If the first wholesaler you go to doesn't carry a great assortment of flowers, move on to another until you find one that's right for you.

Flower farms dry-pack flowers they ship; flower wholesalers can and do keep these flowers in their coolers for up to 2-3 weeks depending on the flower. If you're buying hydrangea or orchids be sure to ask when they were delivered. And make sure you condition your flowers, they may look slightly wilted but they're fine. They just need a drink of water.

If you buy flowers from a retail florist, be aware that almost all of them buy their flowers from a wholesale florist. If you get flowers from the florist to press, sometimes you'll get better results than other times. This does NOT mean you did something wrong.

If you're buying roses, choose spray roses. The cost is about the same but each stem has 4-6 flowers. They're smaller too, about the same size as a sweetheart rose. If you want really big roses, get South American flowers.

I use Nordlie exclusively because of their superior quality and freshness; they've never let me down. They have locations in 3 states. In Michigan they're in Warren, Flint, and Grand Rapids. In Florida they're only in Tampa. In Ohio they're in Cleveland, Dayton, and Newton Falls. If they don't have the flower you want, they're happy to order it for you.

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