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Floral Foam Preparation How Tos

One of the best things out there for creating arrangements is Floral Foam.  It’s great for holding stems together and retaining water to help keep your flowers fresh.

Floral foam is generally sold in blocks, is soft and has an almost clay like appearance.  It should not be confused with the Styrofoam product that is used for holding artificial flowers in place which is a lighter green color, porous in appearance and hard to the touch.

 

You are going to want your floral foam to fit snugly into the container.  You can shape your foam by either cutting small sections away at a time or by pressing the foam to the opening of your container and then trimming it to fit.  Floral foam should extend about an inch over the top of the container.

Once you’ve got your foam in the right shape and size, you will need to soak it in water to prepare it for use.  A good rule of thumb for how much water to use is to fill your bucket or sink with enough water so that you have 2/3 more the amount of water to the height of the foam.  For instance, if your foam is 5 inches high, you should have about 8 inches of water in your bucket or your sink.

Place your foam carefully into the water.  It is important to remember to not push down.  The foam will sink as it absorbs the water, turning a darker green.  Once it is completely saturated, it will bob back up to the surface.  This whole process shouldn’t take more than 1-2 minutes depending on the size of your foam box.

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