Supplies for Florists . . .
Wholesalers import supplies for florists.
Flower arrangements are a significant business in our cultures. There are many sources for these products.
Wholesale florists sell bulk flowers and supplies to professionals in the floral trade. A local wholesaler has suppliers from many different vendors. It is possible to pick from more than one vendor.
You need to visit your local florist and see the creations they have produced with supplies from their wholesalers.
Selecting Roses . . .
Roses are very plentiful, and in various stages.
Roses are available in many venues. They are also in different stages in the life of a bloom. Becoming aware of the different stages of a rose bloom can add longevity to an arrangement.
Roses can be cut in the early bloom stage. This occurs when the bud is tight and the center is very firm. When this occurs, occasionally the bud will not open. In a slightly later stage, the outer petals of the bloom begin to open with the center of the bloom is still firm.
As the rose begins to mature, the petals will open fuller. How fast the bloom opens depends on the conditions of it’s surroundings. Rose arrangements placed in direct sunlight, heat vents, or on heated surfaces will open faster. Arrangements do best in cooler environments, away from direct sunlight.
Cutting Flower Stems underwater adds life to the bloom!
The stem of a flower is the lifeline to a bloom. Cutting underwater allows water to enter the stem instead of air. Research has shown that cutting flower stems underwater can significantly increase the life of the bloom of a flower.
I begin processing fresh flowers by filling a clean sink with warm water. Add floral preservative to the warm water. Remove any leaves on the stems that may be below the water surface. This helps keep the water clean and fresh.
Place the stems of the flowers in the warm water. Using pruning shears or scissors, cut the stems underwater about 1” from the end of the stem. It is best to cut the stem at a 45-degree angle, this allows the most exposure of the surface.
After cutting, place the flowers in a clean container of warm water with floral preservative. Allow the flowers to remain in a warm place for 2-3 hours or overnight to absorb water.
Placing flowers in a cooler is always helpful. Remember, ethylene gas is harmful to fresh flowers. This gas can be found around produce, especially citrus fruits and lettuce. Flowers like cooler temperatures, around 65 – 70 degrees. Changing the water of the container and re-cutting the stems after 3-4 days will increase the life of your fresh cut flowers.