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A suitable alternative to raﬃa. PLASTIC BOTTLE È Cut-down plastic bottle to hold ﬂowers in water in non-watertight containers. Ç DECORATIVE COLORED REEL WIRES Wires in various colors and thicknesses to bind the stems of ﬂowers or add decorative details. CHICKEN WIRE Ç Mold to ﬁt and place in an opaque vase or container to hold the stems of an arrangement in place. FLORIST’S SCISSORS È Ideal for conditioning and trimming ﬂowers and thinstemmed foliage. FLORAL FOAM BLOCK AND TRAY Æ Use for medium-sized ﬂoral foam arrangements.
If the ﬂowers have enough to drink at this stage, they shouldn’t need quite so much water once they have been arranged in a display. SPLITTING STEMS 2 2 Leave a few leaves near the top of each stem, but remove any leaves that might stand in water. Foliage often has shorter stems than ﬂowers, so cut oﬀ lower side shoots to create longer stems. 1 Lay the ﬂowers and foliage out on a table. Take one stem, stand it upright on a table, and run a craft knife down the sides of the stem to remove any thorns and unwanted leaves.
This increases the surface area of the plant cells in these thicker foliage and ﬂower stems so they take in more water. 34 CARE MAINTENANCE To prolong the life and look of your ﬂowers, change the water—or mist ﬂoral foam displays and moisten the foam—every other day. If you use ﬂower food, change the water every four or ﬁve days. Stems in vase arrangements also need to be recut every few days, as their ends soon become waterlogged and mushy, restricting the ﬂow of water up to the ﬂower and causing the ﬂowers to droop and lose their petals more quickly.