Flowers are popularly laid on graves as a tribute to the deceased, to express a sentiment, or simply to add beauty.
Whilst wreaths and bouquets arranged by a florist are treated to keep them looking fresher for longer, in most cases, they still only last a maximum of 7 to 10 days.
Use the ideas in this blog to ensure that your floral tribute lasts longer.
Choose long-lasting flowers – Flowers that are currently not in season and flowers sourced locally will last longer than those that have been imported from another country. Chrysanthemums and carnations are both known for being long-lasting, even in outdoor conditions.
Put them in floral foam or a vase – If you simply lay a bouquet over the grave then the flowers will not last long at all without any water. Instead, put the cut flowers in well-soaked floral foam, or a vase with water to keep them looking beautiful for as long as possible.
Choose a potted plant – Whilst bouquets of cut flowers provide a large array of brightly coloured blooms, they last for a relatively short amount of time when compared with a potted plant. A potted plant may create less of an impact, but if you choose carefully, it could last for a very long time.
Plant flowers on the grave – Some cemeteries may allow you to plant flowers on or around your loved one’s grave. This can be a wonderful way of adding sentiment and beauty to their grave, but depending on the plant you choose, may require some maintenance to keep it looking good. Always check with the cemetery or church first as you may need permission.
Artificial flowers – High quality silk flowers can look beautiful, artificial flowers will add colour and beauty to a loved one’s memorial for a long time and require very little maintenance.
Different cemeteries and churches have different rules surrounding floral arrangements, so always check first before you make your purchase to avoid disappointment.