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Essential Tools for Caring for Flowers

Flower Care Essentials

Flower arranging and care isn’t some overly complicated process, but it does certainly make a big difference if you have the right tools on hand. In fact, if you have the ultimate flower care essentials, we guarantee your flowers will look much better, and live for much, much longer.

So if you love flowers even half as much as we do (granted, that’s a lot), we’d recommend grabbing these must-have flower care and arranging tools. They’ll make your life easier and your flowers’ life healthier. That’s a double win!


Flower Vessels

Okay, we’ll start with the obvious ones. The first thing you’ll need if you’re going to care for and arrange flowers is a place for them to call home—think pots, planters, and vases.

As for vases, don’t limit yourself. Anything can be a vase as long as it can hold water and your flowers. So get creative! Wine bottles, teapots, tin cans, and pitchers are all interesting twists you can go with.

Flower Trimming Tools

This is the next “duh!” flower care essential. But not all trimming tools are made equal, so it’s important to go over the different varieties and their advantages.

For most bouquets, house scissors or a knife will work. Just keep in mind that you want a sharp edge. Dull cuts can make water intake for your flower more of a challenge, and we don’t have to tell you that thirsty flowers are a big problem.

When you’re dealing with plants and flowers with tougher stems, you may need to resort to something with a stronger cut, like pruners or garden shears. These will also easily remove any pesky leaves or thorns you might have to deal with.

Watering Can and Spray Bottle

We all know flowers love, love, love water. For cut flowers, you can let them sip on delicious H20 from the comfort of a vase. For potted flowers and plants, however, you will have to routinely water them if you want them to grow and stay healthy.

The easiest and least time-consuming way to do this is by investing in a watering can. Just fill it with tap water and grab it when you flowers are thirsty. That easy!

As for the spray bottle, you’re going to need that for any flowers that need a good misting now and then—like orchids and other tropical flowers. These flowers absorb water through not only their stems, but also their blooms. So spraying their flower heads and leaves will keep them alive and looking gorgeous for as long as humanly (or should we say flowerly?) possible.

Flower Food

In the shallowest sense, cut flowers only need one thing to survive and thrive: nutrients. Up to this point, you’ve given them the water they need, whether it be the water in the bottom of their vase or from your watering can. Now, it’s time to give them the other part of the nutrient equation—tasty flower food.

Whenever you buy or receive a Bouq, it’ll most likely come with one package of flower food, which is also sometimes called flower preservative. That’s a good thing, but we’re going to be honest with you… one package is almost never enough.

If you want to give your flowers the proper care to maximize their beauty and lifespan, you’ll need to brew up a batch of DIY flower food right from your kitchen. But good thing for you, flower preservative isn’t some crazy weird mixture of chemicals. It’s just three things: sugar, citric acid, and bleach, all of which you probably have in your kitchen.

Floral Supporters

A huge part of arranging flowers and getting them to stand and show off their beauty just as you imagined is simply good support, from ties and tape to adhesive and frogs (not the “ribbit” kind). These are the go-to flower arranging tools!

Floral ties—chicken wire, string, ribbon, twine, and rubber bands—are the perfect way to bundle and hold a group of flowers together. Wire, in particular, can be used to give your flowers much-needed support and keep them from drooping.

Tape, either clear household tape or green floral tape, can also be extremely handy when arranging flowers. Floral tape is typically used to wrap stems together in corsages or wedding bouquets. Clear tape is commonly used to create a grid on the top of your vase that offers stem support.

Adhesive, on the other hand, is less about offering support and more about whipping up some crafty DIY creations. Florist adhesive will allow you to effortlessly stick flowers onto foam, glass, plastic, ribbons, wood, and foliage. It’s the key to creating DIY corsages, garlands, wreaths, and boutonnières.


At The Bouqs Co., we’re big proponents of the DIY spirit, and we believe anyone can partake in the joy of flower care and arranging. Whether you’re starting a new hobby or just looking to make a few additions to your collection of flower arranging tools, we hope our rundown of the most crucial flower care essentials has you feeling as excited about fresh flowers as we are!

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