Citrus is wonderful in floral design and as a indoor plant, just for the marvelous fragrance of the flowers alone. There is nothing quite like opening the door to your indoor space to the heady scent of citrus in bloom, especially after a dreary winter day.
As early as the sixteenth century, special indoor spaces were built specifically to overwinter citrus trees. These spaces were called orangeries and as you might expect, royalty owned most of the orangeries.
Nowadays, you don’t have to be crowned head to design with or grow citrus indoors but there are a few tricks to it. Check out the receipt from my class Winter Citrus for easy techniques for DIY citrus floral styling and find all you need to know for successful blooming of indoor citrus tree under Royal Fragrance. Winter floral citrus in floral design and indoor spaces keeps us dreaming of topical islands and the hope of a early spring.
Please visit The Floral Studio of Greenwich for upcoming winter/spring classes: spotlighting The Royal Wedding Floral Fascinator Hat and High Tea May 19.
Yours in beauty,
Winter Citrus Floral Styling
Trish O'Sullivan Winter Citrus Floral Studio of Greenwich March 7, 2018
Winter Citrus The Floral Studio of Greenwich 3/7/18
Floral material: Associated Cut Flower, Major Wholesale: 5 White and 5 tangerine ranunculus, 3 white agapanthus, 10 white candy tuff, 3 stems white genesteria, 1/2 bunch lemon leaves, 1/2 bunch silver dollar eucalyptus with berries, 10 stems sprouting spring green curly willow
1) Fill vase ¾ with cool water and create a tight grid with ½”clear florist tape on top of vase.
2) Start with the lemon leaf from center working out creating a full dense base for the shape. Once you have a lush and firm outline of your design, place the curly willow on either far right or far left side of vase 3/4 of the way from front,making sure it is resting securely at the back of arrangement. Now remember so as above…so as below, have curly willow come draping securely down the opposite side at the bottom front at the same length. Now repeat the placements for a bold statement of line. Keep following the line with the eucalyptus with berries, if the stems are heavy with leaves you can remove some leaves to expose the berries.These placements of curly willow and eucalyptus will be your guidelines in composition and balance.
3) Starting at center and moving with the line of design and curly willow place10 stems of Candy Tuff evenly throughout the arrangement.
4) Place 1 agapanthus directly left or right off center at middle of design, with the remaining 2 placed for balance to the right or left following the line of curly willow...1 a bit higher and 1 a bit lower of the first agapanthus.
5) With 5 white and 5 tangerine mixing the colors place 5 off center following the lines of curly willow for a total of 10 insertions...you can add more if u like at the end.
6) Take green florist sticks or wooden skewers and cut a sharp edge at on end and pierce the fruit at the bottom center, keep the stem of sticks long for you... can always cut to the size needed...place aside. Grapes need to be divided in to small clusters and wired on to sticks then the wire taped with green floral tape...the best results is to create several bunches and insert them one on top of each other for a draping effect at bottom.
7) You can place as many Citrus as you like in design...just make sure the balance of texture and color is in relationship to the foliage and blossoms.
8) Start building the draping grapes from bottom of vase with one bunch on top of the other.
9) Stand back and enjoy the beauty and fragrance....
My best tip is to remember..."a floral arrangement is not done until the last piece of floral material is inserted"...keep going your creative muse is hard at work.
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Nearly any citrus plant can be grown in an indoor space. It is best to purchase your plants from a nursery or stores that specialize in flowering plants and trees, looking for trees with buds, flowers and if possible fruit. This is because such sources will have varieties that are specifically bred for home scale growing.
Unless you have a large indoor space with seriously high ceiling, your best bet will be dwarf varieties, such as the Meyer lemon, dwarf Calamondin Orange or Nagami Kumquat. Most citrus are happiest when grown above 45° F (7° C). They need rich, well-drained soil, in containers that are at least 5 gallons in size.
It is important to allow the plants to dry out every now and again between watering especially during the colder months. I water my trees once a week until water comes out at bottom and removing all excess water from the tray after the tree has completely drained. However, be careful not to let plants dry to the point of wilting. In the summer, they need more constant moisture.
Citrus must be in a well-lit location and have to be fed regularly. It is safest to use organic fish fertilizer for citrus plants. Once you have blossoms, fruit will eventually follow. Nearly all citrus are self-pollinating and can bloom and fruit year round making for pure sunshine in a pot.