Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Choosing, harvesting and Conditioning Hellebore
Cut out only the mature flowers to design with.
Dip the stem in boiling water for a few seconds before designing with it. Remember to protect the flower from the steam.
A mature and fully developed Hellebore is also best to use in body flowers and will last for almost a day without water. But to be safe, I always add a tiny drinking straw test tube (see Tutorial below)
Design Note: Some designers also suggest you push a pin up the stem into the flower or dip it in a chemical designed to conserve cut flowers like "quick dip". I find, that just by harvesting the flowers later you can avoid any additional conditioning time.