9 Pet-Safe Flower Bouquets for Mother’s Day
For as long as people have been arranging flowers, pets have been chewing on them. These stems are sure to make mom smile (and not make her pet sick).
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People have been dabbling in floristry as far back as 2800 BCE, when Ancient Egyptians arranged flowers like violets, jasmine, and narcissus in vases and baskets. Floral arrangement aesthetics have been in a constant state of growth across the world, from Japan’s minimalist Ikebana style to the loud purples and pinks of the American Victorian period. It may be a coincidence that Mother’s Day falls in May, when the most vibrant flowers bloom (that’s a history lesson for another day), but it is pretty great timing considering gifting a bouquet is as classic as it gets.
But for as long as people have been arranging flowers, our pets have been chewing on them. Maybe your dog wants to add a little cronch to his chicken dinner or your cat is jealous that the vase has the prime sunny spot on the sill. Unfortunately, there are tons of flowers that are toxic to dogs and downright deadly to cats. So as you shop for the perfect arrangement for Mom, keep her pet in mind too. Don’t stress — we’ve got you covered. Below, nine bouquets that we cross-referenced with the ASPCA’s extensive database of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants to guarantee their safety. Bonus: They’ll all arrive in time for Mother’s Day.
The Best Pet-Safe Flower Bouquets Online
How to Keep a Bouquet Looking Fresh
Once your bouquet arrives, you’ll want to take a few steps to ensure that the flowers stay fresh for as long as possible. First, keep in mind that your bouquet may arrive with a few unopened buds — don’t worry, that’s normal. It can take up to three days for the blossoms to reach their full glory, but some might take longer. (Most of the companies that make the bouquets on the list will specify how many days it may take for the blossoms to open.) With that in mind, here are some tips to ensure that they last:
After you’ve unwrapped your bouquet, trim the stems at a 45-degree angle, which will help them efficiently absorb water. Remove any leaves that will be submerged below the waterline.
Place the flowers in a vase of lukewarm water, and add flower food (most bouquets will come with a packet).
Trim the ends of your flowers every few days, and change the water daily with cold water. If you run out of flower food, you can DIY it by adding 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon or lime juice, 1 tablespoon sugar, and ½ tablespoon bleach to a quart of lukewarm water. Last, but not least, keep the vase in indirect sunlight to prevent burning.
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Kat L. Smith
Kat L. Smith is a writer and editor based in Queens, New York. They have written for LIVEKINDLY about a wide range of topics related to sustainability, lifestyle, house plant care, and food. They share their apartment with their adopted dog, Layla, and Vivi, a one-eared cat.