How to Care for your Silk Flowers

Silk flowers can make a big impact on your home decor and can keep your home looking beautiful all year round!  Your silk flowers will stand the test of time if you use these tried and true tips on how to care for them!!

Caring for Silk Flowers

Placement:  Place your silk arrangement out of the direct sunlight.  Sunlight may fade the silk flowers over time, so placing your silks in partial shade is ideal.  Also, do not expose your silks to harsh weather conditions.  Most silks are not made to withstand outdoor conditions, so we recommend that you keep silk arrangements indoors.   Proper placement will keep your silk arrangement “fresh” and lead to a longer life!

Silk Arrangement on Mantle

Cleaning:  Silk arrangements may collect dust or cobwebs over time, so it may be necessary to clean your silks every once in awhile.  Be sure to lightly dust your silk arrangements as part of your dusting routine.  Dusting your arrangement with a feather duster regularly is a quick and easy way to keep your faux flowers looking their best, but sometimes your silks may need a deeper cleaning to remove dust buildup and other debris.

When dusting alone doesn’t get the job done, a more effective method to clean your silks is to use a can of compressed air (the kind that you use to clean a computer keyboard) or a blow dryer set on the cool setting. [Do not use hot air, as this may melt the glue holding your silks in place.]  The forced air effectively loosens up any stubborn dust that is on your silks! There are also specially made silk flower cleaning sprays available for purchase.

Cleaning Silks

Storage:  When not in use, wrap your arrangement in a plastic bag and store it in a box that will not get crushed by other items.  If you are storing a wreath, you can loosely hang your wreath in a closet or storage space with a sheet or plastic bag draped over it to keep the dust off.  Again, store it out of the line of direct sunlight in order to prevent fading.

Storing a Silk Wreath
This silk wreath for winter has been wrapped in cellophane and put away in a storage space for the off seasons!

Check out our previous post,  “5 Ways to Use Silks in your Home,”  for some inspiration on how to use silks in different ways in your home!

Mums the Word…

If you’re looking to add some fall flavor to your garden this season, there’s nothing that will do the job better than a mum plant!  If you want to plant these blooming beauties so that they come back for you year after year, follow the instructions below, provided by Matlack Florist’s nursery manager, Penny.

How To Plant and Care For Mums  #MatlackFlorist

Mum Planting Instructions and Care

  1. Choose a location outdoors for planting. Generally, a well-drained area that receives full sun or bright, partial shade is best. A protected area away from strong winter winds will help the plant to “winter-over” much easier.
  2. Remove the plant from the pot and place it in a hole no deeper than it’s original pot. Fill the hole with soil, forming a “saucer-like” lip at the base of the plant to prevent water run-off.
  3. After the plant has blossomed, cut the entire plant back to 6″ from the ground level. Mulch over with leaves to protect the mum from winter damage.
  4. Remove the mulch in the spring and the plant should begin to sprout.
  5. In June, cut the mum back to 1/3 of its size and fertilize with a general-purpose fertilizer. The mum will flower in the fall.
  6. To prevent the mum from growing too tall and spindly, cut it back again in mid-July up to 1/3 of its size.
So now that you have the know-how, get outside, plant some mums, and enjoy this beautiful fall weather while it lasts!