10 Essential Tips for Beginners
29th October 2020
Creating beautiful flower displays can be tricky, but it is not an impossible task! All you need is patience and some pro tips that we will be sharing with you in this article. If you are looking to transfer a bouquet of lush blooms into a vase or to create your own floral design, this is one piece you cannot miss.
Basic Essential: Floral Scissors
Normal scissors just don’t make the cut – literally. You need a sharp pair of floral scissors that can make clean cuts in order to not destroy the stems of the blooms. Do remember to be careful when handling these scissors!
Length of Flowers
Always make sure that you trim the stems of your flowers as you go. It is a common practice to trim the flowers around the edge of the vase/container to be shorter, while the ones in the centre will be kept taller. Such a technique creates a height disparity which makes the entire arrangement more interesting and creates more dimension, while preventing the beauty of the middle blooms from being hidden.
The Technique of Stem-cutting
While we are at the topic of stem-cutting, it is pivotal that you always cut the stems diagonally downwards, while immersed in water. This is because doing so can prevent air from entering the freshly cut stems and preventing the flow of water! Cutting at a slanted angle is important as a flat-end could potentially prevent the stem from absorbing any water.
Another tip would be to cut a slit at the end of the stem to help facilitate the water absorption!
Taped Grid Structure: Keeping Your Blooms in Place
If you are someone who prefers a more structured look for your flower arrangement, or want to keep your stalks of blooms in place for a longer period of time, here is an inexpensive way to do it. With any transparent tape (or floral tape, it’s up to your preference), tape across the mouth of the vase in a criss-cross manner to create a grid structure, forming little grids that you can place your stalks in.
What’s neat about this trick is that you get to adjust the sizes of the grids, giving you more leeway to experiment with the arrangement while ensuring that it will be on point at all times.
Removal of Leaves
It is very important for you to remove any excess leaves/foliage that are not going to add value to your flower arrangement. One of the reasons is because the extra leaves would mean greater competition for water between the flowers and the leaves. Also, leaves that are soaked in water can become muggy and may facilitate bacteria growth after a while.
Using a Suitable/Creative Container
You don’t always have to put your flowers in the conventional type of ceramic or glass vases. Go ahead and let your creativity take over! Depending on the types of flowers you have, the taller stalks of flowers with long stems usually go better with vases, while those shorter ones can go with wider and shorter containers such as glass bowls, teacups, seashells, even biscuit/tea tins. Almost anything can become a vase, as long as you put in effort to make it one.
If you still prefer to use a conventional glass vase, you could still make your design more sophisticated and intriguing by lining its interior with leaves or fruits. Greenery would make a great complement to your blooms, while fruits (such as oranges and lemons) would add a pop to the colours of your floral designs!
Adding the Foliage
As a rough guide, typical flower arrangements should come with flowers and complementary foliage. Always start with the foliage by using them to create a base, before you start to add in the flowers. As for the actual arrangement for the flowers, just go with the flow – let your instincts guide you!
Depending on where you are placing the flowers, you can opt to fill any open spots in your arrangement if it is to be used as a centrepiece, or focus on the front of the arrangement if you are planning to place it against a wall or in the corner of a room.
Remember to spritz some water onto your creation when you are done!
Did you know that flowers tend to last longer under colder conditions? Conversely, putting them in warmer water can facilitate blooming! Depending on your intent, you can place your flowers in a glass of warm water for a few minutes to help them bloom faster. On the other end, adding a few ice cubes into your vase of blooms helps them stay vibrant for an extended period of time!
Most bouquets tend to come with flower food, which you can add to your bouquets after transferring them into vases in order to make them last longer. If you don’t have them, you can always make them on your own with some items one can easily find in a household – 2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar,1/2 tablespoon of household bleach, 1 quart or water.
Remember, don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles! This is just a simple guideline with some tips to assist you, whether you are just doing it for fun or an aspiring florist!