Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Reflex Tulip Petals
Tulip petals can be opened or re-flexed to create a fuller bloom
Remove the tulips from water for a half an hour to slightly dehydrate
Gently place your finger on the thicker part of the petal where it is connected to the stem
Pop the petal backwards to open.
If the petal starts to tear, leave it for a few minutes more to dehydrate. This works best on tulips in full bud- about four days old.
Carefully reflex the next petal
And the next
Work your way around the flower
Gently bending each petal open
Take care not to break the petals
Reflexed tulip ready to design with. Set back in water to fully hydrate.
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