Post # 1
So I love the idea of having submerged flowers for my centerpieces, but every photo I find uses orchids as the flower of choice. While I love the look of these, orchids are out of my budget. I have seen people suggest using gladioli as a cost saving alternative, but I have yet to see any photos of people actually using them. Soo.. my question is, has anyone seen/done submerged gladiolus centerpieces? I’d love to hear any feedback/ see some photos. Thanks!
Post # 3
You can also look into silk flowers for submerging. It’s harder to tell they aren’t natural once they are in water. Just test them beforehand for colorfastness.
I had no luck searching for gladiolus, though. Maybe do a test run with one vase to see how it looks?
Post # 4
Love those centrepeices! I am doing exactly the same thing!! How much do orchids cost?? How expensive?
Post # 6
We’re using silks and we just sprayed them before hand with a clear lacquer type of spray. That way nothing weird happens when they’re submerged.
I’ve seen them look really pretty with many diff flowers. Just give it a go beforehand and see if you like it.
Post # 7
We are doing this with delphiniums – maybe white ones would give you the look you are going for without the $?
Post # 8
I will be ordering all my flowers from a wholesale website, so I just did a quick price comparison on http://www.fiftyflowers.com.
For 10 stems of orchids (each stem is 20 inches long, with an average of 6-12 blooms per stem), they charge $249.99.
For 8 bunches of gladiolus (there are 10 stems per bunch, each stem is approx. 44 inches long, with an average of 10-12 blooms per stem), they charge $169.99.
Soo, clearly the gladiolus are much more budget friendly, but I want to make sure they will hold up and look good through the whole night.
The first picture below is orchids, the second is gladiolus.
Thanks for your help ladies! 🙂
Post # 9
i wanted the same look except w/ Alstroemeria ( SO CHEAP!!!)
but i couldnt find any pics either. we went to our florist and she gave us a few stems and had us submerge them and watch them for a day or 2. you need to make sure the water stays clear and doesn’t turn milky which some flowers do.
Post # 10
I love gladiolas! I haven’t ever tried submerging them though. Alstroemeria are very pretty too! They are very inexpensive and ruffly-and they look gorgeous with(spray) roses for bouquets or centerpieces. 🙂
Post # 11
I’m going to bump this in hopes that someone new may have some of the pictures she was looking for cause Id love to see them too!
Post # 12
This isn’t a centerpiece- it is an oil lamp, but it does have submerged glads:
here’s one with brown ribbon and a candle at the top:
Post # 13
@julies1949: ohhhhhh!! Pink and brown are my colours! I really love the second pic! Tooo bad the fi says its too modern for what we are doing! But i do love my glads!
Post # 14
looks like some of the other bees have already tried this. Maybe you could PM them to see how it worked out.
Post # 15
I would only becareful, in that the gladys could be too full, and have an appearance of being smushed into the vase. I would just buy one, and put it in and see how u like it.
Post # 16
I think the key to using glads is to:
-anchor the stems in some putty at the bottom of the vase then cover that with stones or glass beads
-make sure the vase is wide enough so the flowers don’t look “smushed”
-pick your stems carefully to ensure that the blossoms are open or at least partially open.
-keep it simple-don’t try to cram too many stems into each vase.
-and, as has already been said, buy a few stems and try it out at home.