Meet the mimosa. Instantly recognisable thanks to her delicate yellow flowers, mimosa is sure to always raise a smile. With a sunshine shade and unique texture, plentiful mimosa works just as perfectly in a large vase as wrapped in a bow to light up a loved one's home. But there is more meaning to mimosa than meets the eye. From the symbolism behind its branches to how to care for yours at home, read on to share your own mimosa moment.
When it comes to flowers, few hold as much significance as the mimosa. Widely known to represent the sun, traditionally, mimosa also shares the meaning of sensitivity and safety, too. Now, many relate the mimosa branch with the annual celebration of International Women's Day on March 8th. An association brought to the occasion by feminists in Italy in the 1940s, the mimosa flower was chosen as a symbol of female strength and sensibility.
To make the most of your mimosa, caring for it correctly is essential. On arrival, be sure to re-cut your stems at a sharp diagonal, to help encourage maximum absorption. Following this, split the base of the stem vertically about 1cm, as this will allow water to move more easily up the stem. Mimosa loves to stay hydrated, so place your stems in a clean vase of freshly drawn, lukewarm water as soon as possible. Always remember to change your mimosa's water regularly, and keep them in a cool area away from direct sunlight or draughts. If you follow all of the above, your fresh mimosa stems should shine for a full 3-4 days. But that is not all! After this, you can preserve your mimosa by drying. Simply leave them to dry in an empty vase, or tie and hang upside down for impressive results.
Re-cut your stems at a sharp diagonal and split the base of the stem vertically
Place your stems in a clean vase of freshly drawn, lukewarm water
Keep your mimosa in a cool area away from direct sunlight or draughts
After 3-4 days preserve your mimosa by drying, hanging upside down