Common floristry plant materials and their care

Common floristry plant materials and their care

Common Floristry Plant Materials

  • Gain familiarity with the most used plant materials in floristry such as roses, lilies, carnations, chrysanthemums, hydrangeas, and orchids.
  • Understand the significance of foliage, various types of greenery used to enhance floral arrangements including ferns, ivy, eucalyptus, and various types of grasses.
  • Familiarise with the differences and uses of structural and filler flowers in creating balanced floral designs.
  • Recognise seasonality of plant materials, understanding when certain flowers and foliage are naturally available and at their best.
  • Categorise flowers according to their vase life, helping you make informed decisions about flower handling and arrangements.

Plant Material Care

  • Acquire knowledge on the cutting and conditioning process of flowers and foliage to improve their vase life.
  • Understand how proper watering practices, including the use and benefits of flower food, can impact the longevity and appearance of the floristry materials.
  • Gain knowledge on the ideal temperature conditions for different flowers and foliage and how temperature variations can affect plant materials.
  • Learn to avoid ethylene exposure, a gas that accelerates the aging process and eventually the wilting of certain cut flowers and foliage.
  • Comprehend the effect of light exposure on floristry materials and identify the ideal levels for storage and display.
  • Understand common diseases and pests that affect cut flowers and foliage and mitigation measures to restrict their impact on the plant materials.
  • Learn about the ideal handling and transport methods to ensure plant materials remain fresh and damage-free.

By mastering the care of these common floristry plant materials, you can ensure that your floral designs remain fresh and vibrant for as long as possible. Your professionalism and expertise in plant material care will also translate to a more trustworthy and reliable service to your clients, setting you apart in the floristry industry.