Putting together a beautiful fynbos arrangement can sometimes be tricky. Especially because there are so many fynbos species that can be found in the Cape Floral Kingdom (although not all can be picked).
With that said, this Floral Design Day (on 28 February), we’ve made a list of tips for you when creating your own fynbos bouquet. As well as some extra ideas to help you stretch the life of your arrangement!
TIP 1: FOCAL FLOWERS VS. GREENS
Lourens Boerdery’s Kosie Lourens (a Sustainable Harvesting Programme member and our fynbos bouquet expert), suggests creating balance in your bouquet. He says 25% of your bouquet should be made up of focal flowers compared to 75% of greens. So, if you have 5 Proteas, then you will need 20 stems of greens to fill the vase.
TIP 2: CUT THE STEMS AT 45˚ ANGLE
By cutting or making sure the bottom of the stems are cut at a 45 degree angle, you’ll help your fynbos arrangement soak up more water in the vase, extending its lifecycle.
TIP 3: FLOWER FOOD – YES OR NO?
When buying most bouquets in a store, you will find flower food attached to the bouquet. This is also good for fynbos bouquets and can be thrown into the vase to bolster the flower’s buds and keep them fresh for longer.
TIP 4: POSITIONING
It is important that you never put a fynbos bouquet directly in the sunlight. Choose a spot so that the flowers still receive sunlight, but are not in the sun directly. The heat will cause the flowers to wilt quickly.
TIP 5: CLEAN THE VASE EVERY FEW DAYS
Cleaning the vase helps to get rid of any fungal build up. So we would recommend keeping the water fresh and the vase clean for your fynbos flowers.
TIP 6: ASK THE QUESTION: CAN THIS SPECIES BE PICKED?
Take a look at the different species that you have in your bouquet – are any of these species listed as endangered or critically endangered on the SANBI Red List. If so, they can’t be picked. You can identify and learn about the species on their website.
TIP 7: DRY OUT YOUR FYNBOS BUNCH
Now that the amazing colours of your fynbos flowers are fading, why not dry out your bunch to make a new arrangement that can be kept for longer? Many fynbos species dry out beautifully.