Introduction to Floral Arrangements (Part 1)

For this series, we will go over the basic elements of creating floral arrangements. We'll also dive deep into the aspects of designing and putting together flower arrangements.

In Part 1, we talk about the know-hows in processing, maintaining and storing flowers. We reveal how to keep them fresh, alongside other plants in your garden or shop. This way, they bloom in full beauty for each customer that walks in!

Check out the next article in this series! We'll explore different kinds of flowers and ornamental plants. We'll also discuss the types of artistic and personal arrangements that last long.

Interested in programs about the guidelines of crafting floral arrangements? We recommend schools like the American Institute of Floral Designers (www.aifd.org). and the Society of American Florists (www.safnow.org).

 

How to Process, Store, and Maintain Flowers.

Every florist knows that keeping flowers fresh is their # 1 priority. Over the years, we've tried and tested different measures to keep flowers fresh for longer.

With that, we discovered three vital points in maintaining flowers! Here are some tips to keep flowers fresh in any weather:

 

Temperature Control

One of the most important ways to enjoy long-lasting blooms is to keep them cool. It's also vital to keep them out of direct sunlight.

Most flower shops have at least one refrigerated cooler. Some even have storage units to keep flowers cool and fresh at 36-46 ° F. 

Florists also put arrangements in the freezer until they're sold or sent for delivery. This helps keep the flowers in top shape until they're handed off to the customer or their recipient.

Bigger businesses invest in cooling trucks. Some keep 36-46 ° F in smaller vehicles. This way, they can keep clients' orders fresh even with hours of travel.

 

Fresh Water and Wide Storage

We all know it's necessary to change the water in flowers' vases. Many people do this a few times a week.

It's different for people who earn a living on beautiful blooms, though. Preserving freshness for a long time is more urgent to them.

This way, they can always provide blooming arrangements for their clients. Given this, changing the water in flower buckets daily is a crucial practice.

Florists store blooms in buckets and large containers. They separate them by species, color, size, and scent. This reduces unwanted bacteria growth which causes wilting.

They also change the water on a regular basis. But they clean the buckets first before refilling. This ensures flowers remain fresh and free of disease.

 

Clean, Sharp Cuts

By now, we know how vital it is to guard prized blooms from germs and bacteria. An efficient way to do this is by cleaning all cutting tools.

Make sure to wash and wipe out residue from your scissors and shears. Rinse them under running water with bleach or dish washing soap. It's smart to do this before trimming your flowers' stems.

Also, take note to cut flowers at an angle before placing them in water. Cut them again right before sending them out for delivery. Trimming off wilting ends lets them to take in water at a healthy rate. This keeps blooms fresh and lively for your customers!

 

Check Floral Arrangements Part 2 here.