Do I need to use flower food?
No. Clean water and a fresh cut are enough to keep flowers happy. Replace the water in your buckets/vases and recut stems daily.
That said, flower food can help flowers last longer, which is always a good thing when it comes to weddings, events, and single order deliveries.
Try both options, and see which works best for you!
What is Quick Dip?
Quick Dip is a chemical solution that helps flowers hydrate and open quickly. Florists often use it with roses.
To use it, pour a small amount in a shallow vase or bucket. Give stems a fresh cut, then give the ends a brief dip in the liquid. (See what they did there?)
After you’ve dipped, place the flowers in a bucket filled with clean water.
Should I spray my flowers with water?
Nope. Use Crowning Glory or another type of floral sealant instead.
(Two exceptions: hydrangea and dahlias. Spraying them with water keeps them happy in warm weather.)
What’s Crowning Glory?
Crowning Glory is a sealant that helps flowers retain moisture. Florists spray it on finished design work. It’s especially helpful for keeping bouquets and boutonnières fresh.
Spray it. Spray liberally. Spray it on everything.
Do I need a floral refrigerator in my studio?
In an ideal world, yes. Storing flowers at the right temperature extends the vase life of your flowers.
Refrigeration systems can be expensive, though. Alternative options include:
— using a CoolBot controller to create a makeshift cooler
— searching Craigslist or restaurant supply stores for used fridges
— skipping the fridge and using a powerful air conditioner to keep your workspace cool
(Make sure that the A/C isn’t blowing directly at the flowers so that delicate petals don’t get damaged.)
Do I need to cut my flowers with a knife?
Nope. Many floral designers prefer to use clippers or scissors.
That said, using a floral knife creates a clean, sharp cut and reduces the risk of smushing stems. This is especially helpful for soft-stemmed flowers like tulips.
Even if you prefer clippers, a floral knife is a useful tool to keep around. Use it to remove thorns, dense foliage, and rough edges from stems.
Anything else I should know?
Keep your knives, clippers, and buckets clean!