Reflexing Tulips and Roses


(gentle music) – Hi, I just wanted to pop in and demonstrate reflexing flowers. It’s one of my favorite
things to do with tulips, and since we’re chatting
about tulips on the blog today I thought it’d be fun to
do just a quick little demo with some flowers I have in the studio. It’s amazing how you can take
a tulip from looking like this to looking like this. This would be something
that would be fantastic to drape off the edge of an arrangement, but here we have all of a
sudden a focal point flower. So, in springtime sometimes
it can be difficult to find that, like, nice
little spring focal flower, and so here is a way
that you can transform a tulip into that capacity. The important thing
about reflexing flowers is that you use ones that
have aged just a bit. You don’t wanna reflex flower
petals that are real crispy, or brand new, because often
they will crack here at the base and then you really shorten
the life of your flower. The important thing with reflexing also is to make sure that the
petals are nice and moist, so I’m gonna use a little bit
of Crowning Glory on this. And I’m going to take
my thumb, right here, and you’re gonna hear it. Very quietly, it pops. This takes a little bit of practice, it takes a little bit of feeling it and being able to sense it, but once you get the hang of it it’s very quick, it’s very easy. If you’re concerned about
vase life on your flowers, things like this, or you’re just thinking
about, ooh, I don’t know if I wanna try that for
something, I wouldn’t recommend, I don’t reflex every tulip that comes in. It’s just if in arrangement
there’s the perfect place that it’s like oh, I could really use a little bit of an extra
punch, I’ll pop it in up there. What I would not recommend doing is getting in flowers for the first time, reflexing every single one, you know, putting them out there, and it being the first time
that you’ve ever experimented or practiced with it. This is something you need
to get comfortable with and you need to practice just a bit. So I’ve sprayed it again
with some Crowning Glory on the top of the petals because what I’ve done, if you look here the petals are only losing moisture right here on this outside part. This is pretty protected in here, so now I’ve just flipped them open and I wanna make sure that the moisture that was inside those petals stays there, so that’s what I’m doing
with the Crowning Glory, I’m sealing it inside. Let’s do one more tulip and then I also thought I would
show you a couple of roses, that’s another one of my
favorite flowers to reflex. So we’ll just give it a little spritz. And final spritz. So those are all ready to go, let’s take a peek at these roses. This variety is called Sandy Femma, it has a lower petal count
which makes it easy to reflex. And these have been
aged for about six days. It’s Tuesday, they came in last Wednesday. So I’m just going around the base and very gently tugging them back. You can do this with roses that are maybe at that
three, four day stage but much earlier than that and they just look very
obviously reflexed, they don’t look like a natural reflex. You can still do it, it’s pretty, just depends what you’re going for, I think they’re a little
bit easier at this point. What I love about reflexing flowers, this is a standard rose, so, I think these were about 90 cents a stem. But I can get a garden rose feel by reflexing the petals and
exposing this beautiful center. So I’ve taken them from
this, which is pretty, to this, which really is fantastic, look at how much bigger,
how much more room and real estate that’s gonna
take up in arrangement. Really ups the perceived
value of the flower. Just like I did with the tulips it’s important to keep the
insides of these petals moist as well, because they
were protected previously. These have a nice, it’s faint but it has a nice little scent to it. Again, just be very careful of not cracking low in the petals, that’s the most common
thing that can happen. It can cause browning and petal
wilting, things like that. Mostly it’s because it’s done too early. Once you get the hang of this you’ll be able to just touch your rose and know, well, is it ready or not? So see how this one doesn’t look quite as natural in terms
of the openness of it? So these petals right here, this is where I’m seeing
the defined difference, so I’m just gonna loosen
these up a little bit, I’m gonna bring this back, fluff
them out just a little bit. So I still get that look, but it doesn’t look like that I really peeled them back too hard or in a way that would be different than they would naturally
do it as they age. And just gentle movements like this if you’re working with ranunculus or some other flowers like that, just gently opening them is an important part
of helping the flowers become their best, that’s our job is to take the flower and to
just make subtle adjustments. It’s been through a lot, maybe it’s been shipped or
traveled across the world, needs a little bit of a pick-me-up. So there we go. I’m just reflexing them back a bit, it’s more open than it was before, but it doesn’t look unnatural. So there you have it, the reflexed roses and the reflexed tulips. (upbeat music)

One thought on “Reflexing Tulips and Roses

  1. Since you're using an aged flower, how much longer will it last in a bouquet? Or is this best done for event work only?

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