Using a flower frog is the simplest hack for perfect bouquets — we love this one from Amazon for less than $17

No drooping blooms here — a flower frog is a savior when it comes to arranging stems and keeping them fresher for longer

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Sometimes our blooms need a little extra TLC, and a flower frog can assist with a show-stopping display. 

Not only will your petals look fresher for longer, but they'll better access the hydration they need with this nifty accessory. The Groupcow round flower frog on Amazon is perfect for the job and less than $17. Our experts reveal how to use this genius hack to keep your beautiful bouquet going for longer.

If you're planning on cutting stems from your small garden this spring and summer, consider a flower frog to make your arrangement pop. 

What is a flower frog? 

With a brilliant little flower frog, you'll learn how to arrange flowers like a pro. This spiky round device sits at the bottom of a vase or container, and keeps your flower stems secure as you start arranging your bouquet.

"It allows you to couple tall stems with short stems and create designs with movement and air," Hannah Bonham Blackwell, co-founder of Southside Blooms, says of the tool. "It’s reusable and usually made of metal, clay, or glass and comes in many different sizes."

If you have your heart set on working with bowls, this is still the perfect accessory, as they come in all sorts of sizes and shapes.

We particularly like the budget-friendly Groupcow round flower frog on Amazon for its durable materials and the great reviews it's received. One shopper, who'd previously tried tape and chicken wire to arrange their flowers, said this item was "incredibly easy" to use, whilst another said it outperformed the one they'd used recently in a professional flower arranging class.

Music to our ears!

"Frogs are great for low bowls where other mechanics such as flower foam or chicken wire and tape would not work to keep your flowers in place," says Ines Garstecki, the owner and floral designer at Flowermaid

What's more, this device acts as a base, helping flowers access the hydration they need, which in turn keeps them alive longer. We can't say no to our favorites hanging around an extra few days.

"I would always consider flower frogs mainly from a sustainability standpoint," says Ally Poer, founder and designer at Allyflower Studio. "Additionally, it is a secure way to have your arrangement hold up without worrying as much, versus without a mechanism."

Another bonus? A flower frog makes for a great housewarming gift, especially for your green-thumbed friends.

How to use a flower frog

Regardless of what you're tackling in the floral department, reap the benefits of flowers frogs with a few pointers from our pros on exactly how to use them, plus their top tips for getting the most out of yours.

Step 1: Position it

Although working with a flower frog has its perks, you'll have to get it situated to the bottom of the vase and make sure it stays there, otherwise, it won't be of much use to your floral arrangement. 

"Attaching them to the base of your vessel can be tricky," Hannah admits. "You’ll want to find a good putty that can keep it secure so that the weight of the flowers doesn’t topple it over."

Quakehold! Museum Putty from Amazon is perfect because it is easy to use, removable and non-toxic, with 85% of reviewers rating it four or five stars.

"The most common flower frog that is used has sharp spikes, so it’s something that needs to be mastered through practice," Hannah adds.  

You can take extra caution and wear robust gardening gloves (the buttery-soft Goatskin Gardening Gloves from Pottery Barn are thorn-resistant, durable, and come in three sizes) if you're new to the process to stop you getting pricked by the needles of your frog.

Step 2: Choose appropriate flowers

Although there are plenty of possible combos, you do have to be mindful of the florals you're planning on including in your vase or bowl. 

"Frogs work best for smaller very loose and airy arrangements," Ines says. "They wouldn't work for large, tight or compact arrangements."

Step 3: Cut flowers properly

When you start snipping stems, make sure you're not being hasty and give the flowers proper care. 

"Grab a pair of hand clippers and cut about an inch off every stem," says Elizabeth Daniels, floral supervisor at Blackberry Mountain. "This allows better water flow throughout the flower thus giving you more days of enjoyment! It’s easy enough to separate the blooms and foliage into usable groups and then go from there with creating a more personalized arrangement."

You can also cut the stems at an angle to increase the fresh surface area for water uptake.

Meet our experts

Hannah Bonham Blackwell
Hannah Bonham Blackwell

Hannah Bonham Blackwell is lead creative and co-founder of Southside Blooms, a floral social enterprise that provides jobs to at-risk youth by turning blighted inner city Chicago lots into sustainable flower farms. Southside Blooms provides monthly flower subscriptions, and floral decor for weddings and other special events.

Ally Poer
Ally Poer

Ally is the founder of  Allyflower Studio in Austin, Texas and an independent floral designer and runs related group workshops in the area.

Elizabeth Daniels
Elizabeth Daniels

Elizabeth Daniels is the floral supervisor at Blackberry Mountain, a five-star Relais & Châteaux resort in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Before overseeing the floral team at Blackberry Mountain, Elizabeth served at the Mountain's sister resort, Blackberry Farm.

Ines Garstecki

Ines is the owner and floral designer at Flowermaid, a boutique floral design studio offering flower creations for weddings and events. She's also styled florals for TV shows like Palm Royale and Hacks

Can't stand the thought of saying goodbye to your favorite blooms? We can't blame you. We asked the pros for advice on how to dry flowers, and we've scoured dried flower arrangements for inspo.

Danielle Valente
Content Editor

Pleasure to meet you! I'm Danielle, a content editor at Real Homes who loves scoping out interior trends. I've specialized in lifestyle writing and editing for 10 years with a focus on events, food, and books, among other areas. When I'm not working, I'm usually cooking, reading, or searching for a new project for my apartment.