For this series, we will go over the basic elements of creating floral arrangements. We’ll also dive deep into the details of designing and putting together flower arrangements.
In Part 1, we cover the know-how in processing, maintaining, and storing flowers. We discuss how to keep them fresh, alongside other plants in your garden or shop. This way, they blossom in full beauty for each 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 show the types of creative and personal arrangements that last long.
Interested in programs about the guidelines of designing 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 vital points in maintaining flowers! Here are some tips to keep flowers fresh in any weather:
One of the most important ways to enjoy long-lasting flowers is to keep them cool. It’s also crucial to keep them away from direct sunlight.
Most flower shops have at least one refrigerated cooler. Some also have storage units to keep flowers cool and fresh at 36-46 ° F.
Florists also put bouquets in the freezer until they’re sold or sent 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 clients’ orders fresh even with 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 critical to them.
This way, they can always supply blooming arrangements for their clients. Given this, changing the water in flower buckets every day is practice.
Florists store blooms in buckets and large containers. They divide them by species, color, size, and scent. This reduces 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 know how vital it is to defend precious blooms from germs and bacteria. An efficient way to do this is by cleaning all cutting tools.
Make sure to wash and clear away residue from your scissors and shears. Rinse them under running water with bleach or dish washing soap. It’s important 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 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!