Ten simple steps to
dazzling dozen-rose arrangements.
Whether you are new to the industry, you have staff
that are or you’re thinking about adding untrained staff during the
coming year, the need to focus on basic techniques is likely to
arise. Therefore, we’ve created
this new monthly department, called
“Basic Training,” that will guide inexperienced staff through simple
steps to complete often-requested arrangements. Look for it on our
website each month, and download a printable version to share with
For our inaugural arrangement, with the
sometimes-frantic Valentine’s Day looming, we thought a dozen-rose
bouquet, completed in 10 simple steps, was the only option. Here are
the basics for completing this floral gift, which is popular for
Valentine’s Day and throughout the year.
MATERIALS: roses, baby’s breath,
leatherleaf fern and salal leaves from favorite suppliers; Regal
Vase from Syndicate Sales; acetate ribbon from Carson & Gebel Ribbon
Company; Oasis® Waterproof Tape from Oasis® Floral Products;
Floratape® stem wrap from Bemis Company; wired wood pick from W.J.
Fill a clear glass vase
with properly prepared rose-food solution. For a more
decorative option, fill the clear vessel with water beads,
glass beads or colorful foam or foam powder. (Non-clear
containers could be filled with floral foam.) Create a grid
with waterproof tape, if desired.
Place three stems of
leatherleaf fern into the vase. Space them at equal
distances, so they lie horizontally against the edge of the
container and the stems interlock.
In the spaces between the
first trio of stems, position the next three stems of
leatherleaf fern at angles slightly more upright than the
Add the remaining three
stems of leatherleaf fern to the center of the vase, so they
stand upright and face each other.
Add the salal leaves by
following the same general pattern as that of the
leatherleaf fern. The stems of the greens should be well
interlocked, so they can support the rose stems. If no foam,
beads or other support mechanisms are used and the greens
appear to be unsupportive, add more foliage before
Cut three roses to a
length that is approximately 11⁄2 times the height of the
container. Arrange the roses into the center of the vase, 3
to 4 inches apart, so they form a triangle.
Cut five roses slightly
shorter than the first three, and position them, at equal
distances from one another, to angle outward around the
container’s perimeter. The resulting shape of the rosy form
should be roughly that of a dome.
Cut the remaining four
roses to approximately the same length as the previous five,
and position them in the space between the tallest three
roses and the five perimeter roses.
Insert the three stems of
baby’s breath to fill the open spaces between the roses.
Fluff the tiny inflorescences to completely fill gaps and
complete the loosely domed form. Finish the creation with a
bow attached to a wired wood pick covered with stem wrap.
Insert the pick near the edge of the vase.
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