Oh, kale yes! Incorporating fruits and vegetables into your wedding flowers has been a trend we’ve seen gaining some major traction over the past few years. Kale is a super cool and very unique bloom that’s perfect for Garden, Eco-Chic, and Boho themed events. Each stem features large rosette shaped blooms, kind of like a veggie rose and will add loads of texture and color to any arrangement. They are available in green, cream, lavender, and purple, and there is also a variety that has a lacy leaf and one that has ruffled leaves! Today we’re embracing our inner vegan and celebrating this interesting vegetable, but just know that these kale blooms are not for eating!
Each month we’re featuring a specific, popular wedding flower, sharing important tips and information that all DIY brides will find valuable if incorporating said blooms into their events. Whether you’re arranging your own bridal shower flowers or creating your own wedding bouquets, I hope you enjoy the tips and information below.
For those who might not know, FiftyFlowers is an online flower wholesaler who ships gorgeous flowers to your doorstep, straight from their partner farms. Their customer service is outstanding and I know that you’ll have an extraordinary experience with them, no matter if you’re ordering flowers for your entire wedding or just a few bunches for your bridal shower. You can shop their website just like you would a flower mart, even scheduling your delivery time with just a few clicks – it’s awesome. I absolutely love that at any time, no matter what shoot or event I need flowers for, I can visit their site, shop and the flowers magically arrive at my door. Basically, they are the Nordstrom of online flower sales!
For the most part, kale is available year round, but certain specific varieties like the lacy leaves have limited availabilities. Visit the Kale page on FiftyFlowers.com to find the exact availability for your favorite variety and color!
In this post, I’m featuring the Assorted Farm Kale Mix.
Farm To Vase Prep:
The bulk kale will arrive in a large box wrapped in plastic like shown below, ready to be put in water. They will look a little sleepy and thirsty which is totally normal.
Recommended Delivery Date: 2-3 days before your event.
- Remove flowers from box by cutting any straps and removing any plastic.
- Fill vases/containers with at least 4″ inches of fresh, cool water.
- Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat.
- Add floral food to prevent bacteria from forming in the water and to give added nutrients to the kale. If you do not have flower food, it can be purchased from any local florist.
- Cut the bottom of the stems diagonally approximately an inch from bottom under running water with sharp scissors or a knife. This will create a fresh surface to absorb water.
- Remove any leaves that will fall below the water line. If you don’t remove the leaves they can cause extra bacteria to grow that will harm the blooms.
- Immediately after cutting, place each stem in the prepared water to rehydrate for at least 4 hours, after that they are ready to be used
- Change the water every day to keep them as fresh as possible!
- Warm environments will make these flowers bloom/open faster than cooler environments.
- When ready to arrange, give each stem a fresh diagonal cut.
To easily hold all the flowers without crowding or having them fall in the water, I used a plastic tub and masking tape to create a grid to support them during rehydration.
- Kale is a hearty flower that can look fabulous out of water for hours, which makes them a terrific choice for bouquets!
- Each flower has a minimum vase life of 6 days, which is awesome.
- There is only 1 flower per stem and the size will span from 4″ – 6″.
- The stems on these flowers are super thick and so you’ll want to use a heavy duty pruner like these PowerGrip2 Pruning Shears from Fiskars to make clean, proper cuts.
- Kale leaves can be a fun addition to boutonnieres.
- These flowers are commercially grown for decoration purposes only and not for consumption!
Pairs Well With:
Kale looks great on its own as you can see here… or mixed with Roses, Hydrangeas, Thistle, and Ranunculus just to name a few. The vibrant greens and purples that it’s available in really offer a unique color addition to centerpieces and bouquets. The marbling in the leaves and the color transitions within each bloom provide eye catching texture.
Side note: kale can omit a vegetable/cauliflower type smell if left in a confined room/space.
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