Tips for Maintenance of Your Flower Arrangement
Florist’s secrets – our florists reveal their tips and tricks to enjoying your flower arrangement longer.
Unlike a bouquet, the flowers in an arrangement are placed in floral foam that has been soaked in water beforehand. Follow the advice of our florist experts to enjoy it longer and give it the best attention.
Composition or bouquet?
In both cases, your florist will use cut flowers that require special care. Unlike a bouquet, a composition is made in a specific medium, floral foam. This foam can be put in a vase, a pot, glassware, in a container of various shapes, or be used alone covered with foliage for example. Unlike a bouquet of flowers, a composition will not be immersed permanently in water. But the flowers will still need a lot of hydration!
Floral foam is the best ally for your flowers
In simple terms, floral foam is almost identical to the inside of a flower stem: a spongy texture that holds water and absorbs it. This light, porous material also has a neutral pH so that the acidity associated with the flower environment remains at its optimum level. Invented in 1954 by the Smithers-Oasis company, the floral foam has totally revolutionized the florist’s business allowing them to create original shapes such as round centerpieces, mourning crosses, baskets, hearts… The floral foam has also increased the life span of arrangements by providing them with a reliable and efficient source of moisture, as the material can hold a significant amount of water.
Before creating the design, your florist has carefully prepared the foam so that the flowers have all the nutrients and water they need. This is done using a large, deep container such as a bucket or basin filled with tap water and a cut flower preservative specific for floral moss. This food will boost the life of your floral arrangement by more than 30% compared to hydration made with water only. Indeed, the preservative for floral foam will allow a great absorption of water, avoid a run-off, make it easy to cut and keep the stems well in place.
Also, remember to remove any flowers or buds that may be wilting. You don’t need to recut the stems as you would for a bouquet, as your florist has already cut the stems in a wide area to ensure that they are well-supported and have the perfect conditions to absorb water and nutrients. Don’t be surprised, some flowers may continue to grow and thus protrude slightly.
Did you know?
If you want to try your hand at creating a flower arrangement, here are some helpful tips
Fill a large container with water, gently place your floral foam piece on top and that’s it! Let it fill up by itself and gradually sink to the bottom of the water. The most impatient ones press on it to submerge it faster but this is a very bad idea. This will create an air pocket in the middle of the foam. The stems that will be stuck in this air pocket will unfortunately not have any water.
When the floral foam is ready, it will change color and become darker. The soaking time will depend on the size of your foam but on average for standard pieces it should take about 15 minutes. Then carefully remove the foam and place it directly into its container. Make sure the container is large enough before you start. When using a non-waterproof basket or container, place a piece of plastic in the bottom beforehand to prevent water from running off.
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