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 assembling flower arrangements.
In Part 1, we cover the know-hows 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 touch on the types of artistic and personal arrangements that last long.
Interested in programs about the guidelines 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 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:
One of the most important ways to enjoy 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 also have storage units to 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. Some keep 36-46 ° F in smaller vehicles. By doing this, they can keep customers’ 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. Most people do this a few times a week.
It’s different for people who make a living on these lovely blooms, though. Maintaining freshness for a long time is more urgent to them.
This way, they can always provide blooming arrangements for their clients. Because of this, replacing the water in flower buckets every day is practice.
Florists store blooms in buckets and large containers. They separate them by species, color, size, and scent. This prevents unwanted bacteria growth which causes wilting.
They also replace the water on a regular basis. But they clean 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 guard prized 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 good to do this before trimming your flowers’ stems.
Also, take note to cut flowers at an angle before setting them in water. Cut them again 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 vibrant for your customers!