Cutting a stem...the right way!
Did you know there is a correct and incorrect way to cut your flowers stems?!?! Well, there is a correct way and we are going to share with you how to correctly cut your stems and why!
As you can see in the photo above all of our stems are cut on an angle, that wasn't done by mistake! To allow water (and not air) to properly flow into the base of a stem it is suggested that you cut on an angle. If a stem is cut flat across the bottom it can sit at the bottom of a vase and it will not allow the water to flow into the stem. YIKES! Every flower needs water! ;)
It is also important to ensure that all of your cutting tools are properly cleaned prior to cutting stems. Dirty tools can carry bacteria that can transfer into your water and onto your flowers. This will kill flowers much faster and we want to enjoy them for as long as possible!
When using a pair of scissors or a knife, make sure your blade is sharp. Dull cutting tools can damage the stem and cause it not to intake water as easily as it should be able too. Crushing the stem will not allow water into the base of the flower.
Now that you know how to properly cut stems run out and buy that beautiful bunch of flowers you have needed for your dinning room table. See your local florist for the freshest flowers on the market!
Wow. Here we are at the beginning of this new adventure! And it all started with this water color logo....
I usually capture most of my milestone moments within pages of journals or photo albums, but have decided that this is an adventure that I want to share! Why not? We thought starting this blog would be a fantastic way to share some of our tips and tricks that we have learned over the past year and also some of the new things we learn each day!
Who are we? My name is Sarah Knash. In 2016 I joined a friend to open a retail store in Downtown Otsego called Marketplace at Mezzo. Shortly after the store opened we got into the floral business. It grew quickly! Then in May of 2018, I decided to become a Certified Florist and took a CRAZY long test at Michigan Floral Association. I am so glad I took that test. It has given me the knowledge to begin our new store (along with a few failures, a lot of rookie mistakes, and some really great people!)
My partner (in crime) is Angela Carlson. She was hired in August of 2018 as a barista at Mezzo Coffee House which was right next door to the store I managed. While she was working there I fell in love with her personality and her positive vibe! You know those people, the ones you want to surround yourself with? The ones that make you laugh until your side hurts? Well, that is Angie. I quickly convinced the owner of Mezzo to share her with me. She just fit so well at Marketplace at Mezzo!
Just when we thought we had figured it all out.....a surprise! In January of 2019, the owners of Marketplace at Mezzo offered an opportunity to purchase the store! We were so nervous, but so excited!
So here we are....just two gals in the midst of starting a new store.
So what is The Petal Company? Well, we are a retail store that includes a full service floral shop! We do everything from weddings to sympathy work and everything in between! :) One of our favorite parts about owning a floral shop...we LOVE deliveries! To see the smiles and surprised looks on peoples faces make our day! We also have several merchants, who are local, that are helping to make our store possible! They are a group of wildly talented people who are willing to share their gifts with our community!
We plan to open in April 2019! Only a few weeks away! We received the keys to the new building (located right next door to our old location) on March 1st and quickly got to work! LOTS of painting and lots of cleaning...but we are getting so close! We can't wait to share it all with you! Stay tuned for more info as we get closer. Be sure to LIKE our Facebook page (@thepetalcompanyotsego) and Instagram page (@the.petal.company) to stay up to date on all the latest info!