How to use fruits in your DIY flower arrangements


Adding oranges, lemons, limes and other fruits in fresh flower arrangements has become very popular for weddings and events. Citrus brings a natural light element and texture to centerpieces. Do-it-yourselfers often avoid using citrus fruits for fear they will damage the flowers or even because they don’t know how to mechanically put these types of arrangements together. Well now you have the answers …

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The acidity of citrus fruits can shorten the vase life of fresh flowers. So use a floral covering or use a smaller vase inside a larger vase to separate flowers and fruits. Simply fill the small central vase with flowers and the larger outer vase with fruit!
  • Flowers can be arranged with citrus without a barrier, but vase life will be reduced.
  • Any type of citrus can be used, whole or sliced. Including lemons, limes and oranges.
  • Apples, pears or cut bananas will turn brown and should not be used. Fruits like grapes will float in the water.

This pretty centerpiece by Lee Forrest Design, photographed by Andi Mans Photography, uses sliced ​​oranges to add a pop of color to this elegant flower scheme. Oranges also cover the floral foam used to build this beautiful arrangement.

The arrangement below is featured on Better Homes and Gardens as an easy DIY project! Make sure to check out this awesome tutorial! It is important to keep in mind that citrus fruits decrease the vase life of fresh flowers. To combat this, place a vase or smaller glass inside the pitcher to hold the flowers. Wedge the lemon slices between the two vases, which will hold them securely in place.

fruits in a pitcher of fresh flower arrangements with cut lemons and flowers

Slices aren’t the only way to use citrus! Check out this gorgeous table setting by One Charming Party, photographed by Nicole Hill Gerulat and featured on HGTV! The arrangements use halved blood oranges on floral picks and whole oranges on the table. The perfectly smooth round shape is rare and unexpected in floral design, adding to the visual interest.

blood orange

Use oranges, lemons, limes or grapefruits – choose a color to enhance your flowers! These brilliant centerpieces were featured on Hostess with the Mostess and photographed by Le Blanc Lifestyle Photography. A floral liner was used to separate the floral foam from the lemons.

pink lemonade centerpiece

What do you think of these charming centerpieces? Share your ideas with us!

Diana De Vito

Diana has designed hundreds of flower recipes and floral design tutorials for Blooms By The Box to delight her customers. A skilled and dynamic designer, Diana helps Blooms brides make their wedding flower dreams come true, regardless of their budget. Her original tutorials appear on many popular wedding sites including A Practical Wedding, Elizabeth Anne Designs, and many more!


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