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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 explain 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 every customer that walks in!

Check out the next article in this series! We'll look into various kinds of flowers and ornamental plants. We'll also discuss the types of unique and personal arrangements that last long.

Interested in programs about the fundamentals of creating 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 goal. Over time, we've tried and tested different measures to keep flowers fresh for longer.

With that, we found three major 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 lasting flowers is to keep them cool. It's also crucial to keep them out of direct sunlight.

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

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

Bigger businesses invest in cooling trucks. Others keep 36-46 ° F in smaller vehicles. By doing this, they can keep customers' orders fresh despite hours of travel.

 

Fresh Water and Wide Storage

All of us 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 make a living on these wonderful blooms, though. Preserving freshness for a long time is more urgent to them.

This way, they can always provide blooming arrangements for their clients. Because of 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 prevents unwanted bacteria growth which leads to wilting.

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

 

Clean, Sharp Cuts

By now, we realize how vital it is to protect precious blooms from germs and bacteria. An effective way to do this is by cleaning all cutting tools.

Be sure to wash and remove 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 putting them in water. Cut them again right before sending them out for delivery. Trimming off wilting ends helps them to take in water at a healthy rate. This keeps blooms fresh and lively for your customers!

 

Introduction to Floral Arrangements (Part 2).