Ask Christine – Fresh Flowers

Hello Christine, What is your opinion about using fresh flowers and trees for staging work? – Nellie M., Minnesota Nellie, I think you are asking if you should use fresh […]

Hello Christine,
What is your opinion about using fresh flowers and trees for staging work?
– Nellie M., Minnesota

Nellie,
I think you are asking if you should use fresh flowers and trees for open houses.

Although the allure of fresh flowers is charming, many people are allergic to pollen, so professional stagers usually opt for good quality silk (also for durability, portability, and serviceability). And if you feature fresh foliage, who is going to change the water and pick up dropped petals? If you really want fresh, look for pollen-free flowers. Chrysanthemums, dahlias, and asters called formal doubles are pollen free. Roses still in the bud to half open are generally safe, as are pots of blooming hydrangeas. Of course, camellias, bougainvillea, and orchids, which usually last about three to four weeks without maintenance, are all good options. I hope that helps.

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About Christine Rae

Christine Rae blends her passion for the staging and decorating industries, her desire for helping people develop their potential, the thrill of training to the presentation of the CSPâ„¢ workshop. She has honed her skills and built her knowledge through extensive training in a variety of disciplines. During the last five years Christine has trained over 1600 people and in 2004 was recipient of an International Staging Award. Christine believes a crucial part of success as a trainer is to keep your hand in the industry you speak and teach about. This is why she continues to work (outside of training sessions) at building her own staging business, and works with a select group of Realtors® . The best business anyone can have is from a referral - it is an honor and privilege to work with you and your sphere of influence. Wellness with Essential Oils: http://www.christineraelivingoils.com/weblog