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 cover the know-hows in processing, maintaining and storing flowers. We discuss how to keep them fresh, along with other plants in your garden or store. 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 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 key points in maintaining flowers! Here are some tips to keep flowers fresh in any weather:
- Temperature ControlOne of the most important ways to enjoy long-lasting blooms is to keep them cool. It’s also crucial to keep them out of direct sunlight.Most flower shops own at least one refrigerated cooler. Some also have storage units to keep flowers cool and fresh at 36-46 ° F. Florists also set bouquets in the freezer until they’re sold or sent off for delivery. This helps keep the blooms in tiptop 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 despite hours of travel.
- Fresh Water and Wide StorageAll of us know it’s important 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. Preserving freshness for a long time is more urgent to them.This way, they can always supply blooming arrangements for their clients. Given this, changing the water in flower buckets every day 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 out the buckets first before refilling. This makes sure flowers remain fresh and free of disease.
- Clean, Sharp CutsBy now, we realize how vital it is to guard precious blooms from germs and bacteria. An efficient way to do this is by cleaning all cutting tools.Be 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 good to do this before trimming your flowers’ stems.Also, take note to cut flowers at an angle before setting them in water. Trim 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 vibrant for your customers!