My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Choosing, harvesting and Conditioning Hellebore

Cut out only the mature flowers to design with.

Cut out only the mature flowers to design with.

Dip the stem in boiling water for a few seconds

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.

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Tutorials

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

Related Designs

8 January 2014 It's stick season!

Snap and stack an glue a few twigs to create a lace like armature