Post # 1
My plan for our centerpieces is to pick wildflowers from nearby fields a day or two before the reception to put in my mason jar centerpieces.
I’m now a bit concerned that there could be little bugs… and maybe leaving these set up overnight in the venue could lead to some sort of bug riot on my tables!?!?
If I lived near my venue, I’d just go pick some and run a test… but I don’t. So, does anyone have experience with picking flowers from a field (for your wedding or personal decor) and did you have any little buggy problems?
Post # 3
You do run the risk of bugs with wildflowers. But not enough that you’d have a bug roit. I’d just suggest picking your flowers and spaying them with bug repellent the night before if you are worried about it.
Post # 4
I would just look over them carefully as you pick them. If you don’t see any as you are picking then even if one or two was hiding and made it past you, it probably won’t be a big issue.
Post # 5
Bug spray! I never even thought of that! This is why I come to the bee with my silly questions. Thanks!
Post # 6
Bug spray might chemical burn your petals!
I found that out the hard way with some hydroponic bamboo..
you might try a 1:10 vinegar:water spray or water with a few drop of dish soap to spray on them.
My son picks us wild flowers all the time, and often even if we don’t spray them down with anything a gentle brush off, or being selective (like not picking the really bugged up ones) helps minimize bugs on the dining room table.
ETA: not that the bugs have every really been noted on the table. I think for the most part they die within the first few hours of the flowers being picked (I could be wrong, but that’s what it seems like).
Post # 7
@missmouse29: good to know! i hadn’t considered the bug spray burning them.. i will for sure be selective.. but i’ll also make up some of that solution. thanks!
Post # 8
I know that I had always read this trick when dealing with ants on peonies, not sure if it will work with wildflowers:
Get a large bowl & put several drops of dishwashing soap in the bottom, fill with water. Submerge the head of the flowers in the soap/water mix for several seconds & rinse – it will pull the ants out. Hopefully something simliar & simple would work for you.
Post # 8
This is extremely helpful! I plan on picking wild flowers and this has settled my mind. THANKS!