Q. How best can I use the wet floral foam for my flower arrangements?
A. Wet floral foam bricks are easy to use especially for beginners-
- wet floral foam manufactured by Oasis-Smithers is available in different densities: Standard is most practical. Maxlife holds most water. Springtime is lower density for thin or softer stems. Deluxe is higher density for woody stems.
- soak foam in water fortified with the additive packet; this flower food provides nutrients and deters bacteria
- float foam (lettering side up) and allow to absorb water until bubbles stop; don’t push foam underwater or try to wet under running faucet or it will have dry spots within brick
- cut stems at an angle to easily pierce the foam
- create a “pilot hole” with a skewer to enable inserting thin or wimpy stems
- foam was created to form a seal around stem to keep out air; if remove stem, do not reinsert into same hole
- creating too many holes will weaken the foam; so rather than remove big stem, you may cut it level and leave it
- for heavy drinkers, in addition to foam add more water so vase is filled to max with water
- floral foam purchased at hobby store does not hold as much water as the Oasis brand so foam and flowers will dry out faster; you must be diligent in adding water – treated with flower food – to the arrangement
- to make it easier to add more water to container, cut out a notch in foam in the back of the arrangement
- add water to an arrangement with a turkey baster from dollar store
- once dried out the foam will no longer absorb water; store extra in poly bag in the refrigerator
- local florist will sell you a brick or two or a club can split a case from a wholesaler or online source