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What to do with your fresh lavender bouquet?

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Let's talk bouquets:

You first have to decide if you want to

dry your lavender right away or

keep it fresh for up to 7 days (max) before drying it.

There's no right or wrong answer, just personal preference. However, your end goal is to dry the lavender, which keeps it looking good, smelling good, and colorful for months!

If you don't want to dry it right away, start here:

Step #1 - Vase + Way Less Water Then You Think

Find a vase that fits your lavender and lets the followers stand at least an inch above the top of the vase. Fill up the vase with only about 1 inch of water. Don't do any more than that. Lavender is not a huge fan of water and will mold quickly in the water if it's not taken care of.

"Lavender is not a huge fan of water"

Step #2 - Maintenance

Put your lavender in the vase, and then everyday refresh the 1 inch of water and rinse the bottom of the lavender stems when you do. You can do this for up to 7 days.

Oops, I did it again... I forgot to refresh the water.

If life gets busy, and just like many flower bouquets before your lavender bouquet, you forget to refresh the water, and it's now moldy or smelly! We've been there, done that, with 3 kids 5 and under, we know the pain. If this is you, it's time to skip ahead and dry your lavender.

Time to dry the lavender:

Step #1 - Trim the bottom

Grab your scissors and cut the bottom 1/2 - 1 inch of the lavender stems, especially if they've been sitting in water.

Step #2 - Hang it up upsidedown for a week

Plus, one big thing: don't hang or put them in any sunlight! Really at any time once you decide to dry them.

"Don't hang or put them in any sunlight"

Step #3 - Now what? Enjoy it!

Dried lavender will hold its color (if not in sunlight) and smell for months! Enjoy it! Put it in place for all the world to see and invite people to smell it even months later. When you're ready to say goodbye, compost it.


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