Florists are able to create impressive floral masterpieces within minutes, dazzling their clients with true works of art. But what tricks enable them to create such dazzling displays?
The majority of celebrated painters took many years to create works of art, yet florists are able to create similar artworks (using flowers instead of paints) in little to no time at all. Using several ingenious methods, they’re able to come up with a variety of ways to make an assortment of floral displays. Here we’ve listed their top tips and secrets…
1. Leaf shine spray
Leaf shine spray is one tool that is in every florist’s handy kit. This piece of equipment gives fresh-cut plants and foliage a polished sheen, prevents dust and removes water spots. Asides from using it for this alone, it can also help you to clean your hands after working on a floral display, as it helps to remove dirt or glue. If you use cold glue, spray it on the cap to stop it from gluing shut. In addition to using it for any floral needs, you can also apply this spray to steel appliances to give them a brilliant shine.
2. How to revive dusty miller
Dusty miller looks great in bouquets and floral displays, and if you need to bring dusty miller back to life, simply place the ends in boiling hot water for a total of five seconds and then into cold water. This will have the effect of instantly perking up your dusty miller.
3. Using Alum Powder
Alum powder is another of florist’s must-have tool. Ensure hydrangeas are perky, full, and beautiful by cutting their stems and dipping them into water containing Alum Powder. It helps the blooms to last longer, as the blooms can draw in more water.
Simply place a mirror in front of you when fashioning your floral arrangement to ensure it looks good from all sides. This is a great tip to follow if you’re new to floral design as it will help you to ensure your flower arrangements are balanced, symmetrical, and in proportion.
5. Use toothpastes to clean your nails!
Many florists will find that their nails become dirty when creating floral displays. To clean them and create the illusion of a fresh manicure, invest in some whitening toothpaste. Try to find one that includes baking soda in the list of ingredients, as this will help to make your nails shine by removing any mud or greenery. For best results, place whitening toothpaste on your nails for a total of ten minutes, then rinse under warm water.
6. Use Fuji Nets to pause blooming
If you’re looking for a way to prevent your peonies from blooming until a certain date, gently place Fuji Nets over their heads. This slows growth, although you’ll want to be careful not to damage your plants when placing the nets.
7. Celebrate your floral displays
There’s little point in creating masterful displays if they’re not going to be celebrated! Social media and web channels are fantastic places for you to show off your creations and to network with other floral designers. You can even tag clients or companies you have worked with and encourage them to do the same.
8. Make your arrangements last longer
If you want your creative arrangements to last as long as possible, be sure to make them take a deep dive in a bucket of cold water before beginning your masterpiece. The water will enter through all parts of the flower, ensuring they are kept hydrated and stay fresh for longer.
9. Crowning Glory Spray Wax
Another top tool to invest in and one of the floral industry’s best-kept secrets is crowning glory spray wax. This handy product, when sprayed onto floral displays, will keep bold and beautiful arrangements hydrated, ensuring long-lasting blooms for weeks on end. This is a great product to invest in if creating displays in the summer or dryer months but is also handy to have all year round, as you never know what temperature the room the creation is intended for will be.
10. Put orchids on ice
Instead of watering orchid plants, use ice cubes to keep them hydrated. The slow melting of the ice cubes will ensure an orchid plant receives a steady stream of hydration, without being overwatered. One ice cube per week is all that is required unless the plant is much larger in size, in which case two to three ice cubes will suffice.
Whether you’re new to the floral industry or a seasoned professional, it is always good to have a few top florist top tips and secrets up your sleeve. These should help to keep your blooms looking bright and fresh for even longer, meaning you can enjoy them to their maximum.