Floral wire is not required for most of our products. Our flowers are of premium quality with sturdy heads and stems. However, certain flowers have a natural bend or may follow the light. For these flowers you may choose to use floral wire. Please note that when you introduce a foreign object into the stem of a flower, you block the flow of water to the bloom, thus shortening the flower’s vase life. How short the vase life becomes will depend on how well the flower responds to this change.
Most flowers do not require wiring. We encourage brides to wire their flowers if (1) the flowers are going to be exposed to rough circumstances or extensive travelling, (2) if flowers have short or no stems, such as orchids and gardenias, or (3) if you are arranging with spray flowers. Please keep in mind that you can damage the flower if the wiring is done incorrectly. We recommend practicing prior to your wedding day.
Most flowers can be wired simply by wrapping the wire around the stem and covering with floral tape. It is not necessary to pierce the flower.
To wire your orchids, clip the orchid bloom from where it connects with the stem. Near the base of the individual bloom, where the bloom meets the stem, thread the floral wire perpendicular to the stem through its center. Gently pull the wire until half its length is through the stem. Then use your thumb and index finger to bend the wire straight down, so that both ends of the wire now run parallel to the stem. Next wrap floral tape around the stem, starting at the base of the bloom and work your way toward the end of the stem. Depending on your design, you may wrap the floral tape around the wire, even after the stem has ended. To apply the tape, hold the end in place with your index finger and gently pull the tape while rotating the flower stem so that the stem receives a complete coverage.
Sunflowers are one of the few flowers that usually require wiring to stand straight up. We suggest starting at the top of the stem and coiling the wire downward.
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