Anemone Care

Anemones are a hot commodity in the flower world and a coveted bloom to behold in a Farmgirl bouquet. You can often find single stem bouquets of anems (in a variety of colors) dignified and on displayed in our shop. These large-headed blooms are one of the most oogled over and question conjuring blooms we carry.

We ship our anemones in their closed-form so that you get the full bloom life of the flowers upon arrival. For this reason, it’s common that we get confused folks wondering why their flowers don’t look like the photos. To this we say, “have some patience and read on!”  

Fun Fact! These beauties are meant to be seen, not smelled as they are completely scentless. Their name traces its origin to Greek and roughly translates to “wind flower” - so named because of their dainty petals’ ability to be blown open by the breeze. A relative of the ranunculus, anemones (or anemonastrum) are equally as delicate and show-stopping as their close cousins.  

A bouquet of white Anemones in a gold vase

All the Deets!

Just like peonies or poppies, the extremely delicate anemone will continue to grow and bloom after cutting. If your blooms are already wide open upon delivery, stick them in a cooler, dark place and they should slowly begin to close. This will also help prolong their vase life. On the flip side, if you want or need to speed up the blooming process, temporarily relocate your anemones in a warm, sunny spot until they pop open.

Pro tip: To accommodate anems’ bloom-abilities, make sure to leave a little breathing room to keep your vase from overcrowding once those buds open up!

Fresh Cut

Once your anemones arrive, it’s time for a trim! So grab a pair of scissors, floral shears, or even a sharp kitchen knife and chop, chop!

Why trim? Even if you’re totally happy with the height of your flowers out of the box you’ll need to cut at least a half-inch from the bottom of the stems. A fresh cut is super important because it helps the stems take a big, fresh drink of water and rehydrate after their overnight road trip.

Light link and ivory anemone stems held in one hand, with another hand holding a transparent blue glass vase in the other

Design 101 

It doesn’t take much to make a stunning all anemone arrangement! Here’s quick how-to:

Vase basics! If you ordered an arrangement that comes with a vase, use the one we sent. If not, choose a vessel (or vessels!) from your private collection that give these beauties room to bloom. Pretend like your hand is the vase and gently grasp all of the anemones in your fist. Careful! Anemones have a notoriously delicate stem - use a firm but gentle grip.

For that wild Farmgirl look, use your free hand to stagger the heights of your stems. Aim to have the lowest bloom start around 1” to 2” above the lip of the vessel and the tallest flower to be around twice the height of the vase.

Keep it 360˚! Rotate the stems so the heads of each flower fan out in all directions for maximum visual appeal! 

Bold purple anemones laying flat with a white vase sitting beside them

Routine Maintenance! 

To help your anemones live their best life keep them out of direct sunlight or any extra toasty areas in your home. We recommend placing your vase at least three feet from any sunny window and away from any obvious heat sources (like a radiator). Bacteria build up is natural (and unavoidable) as the stems age. Change the water daily (or as often as you can remember) so your anemones are always getting a fresh drink! Trimming the stems at the same time will also ensure they’re hydrating efficiently.

Pro Tip: some blooms may die off sooner than others. Removing any dead flowers will help to keep its vase mates looking fresher longer! 

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