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- Garden Gloves – Provide protection when handling thorny stems,
chicken wire, or sharp tools. Leather or suede is preferable.
- Ties – Include floral wire, twine, and small rubber bands,
which are used for bundling stems or attaching them to stakes.
- Tape – Can be floral tape or household cellophane tape. Use it to create a grid across the opening of a container to support stems.
- Frogs – Anchor stems in containers too shallow or wide to give support. Made from metal, glass, ceramic, and other materials.
- Floral Foam -Water-absorbent anchor for stems and stakes.
- Japanese Garden Shears – For clipping tougher roses, thick stemmed flowers, branches & woody growth.
- Knife – Any paring knife, penknife, or utility blade sharp enough to cut stems cleanly (dull blades crush plant fibers, impeding water uptake); also useful for trimming and carving floral foam.
- Floral Scissors – Trims stems, excess foliage, and spent blooms.
- Stem Stripper – Removes thorns and leaves on stems.
- Flower Picks – Wooden skewers with pointed ends (for anchoring in floral foam) and wires (for attaching fruits, berries, pinecones, and ornaments). Also used as short stakes for weak stems.
- Water Picks – Plastic water vials that keep flowers fresh; bases taper for easy insertion into floral foam or gaps in baskets.
- Floral Adhesive – Secures frogs inside vessels.
- Flower Food – Water-soluble nourishment and preservative.
- Chicken Wire – Can be shaped into floral-frog-like structures for use in large or irregularly shaped containers.
- Buckets – large plastic buckets to store your flowers in.