Flower Tutorial: Flowers & Produce

While looking for interesting ideas for Easter arrangements this year, I saw quite a few ideas involving either fruit or vegetables. That quickly became the theme, and I’m rather pleased with how it turned out. Here, we’ll discuss several types of arrangements involving fruits and vegetables.

Around the Arrangement

One of the easiest ways to incorporate produce is to cover the outside or inside of the vase with produce. If you’re going for inside, whole or sliced citrus fruits are quite striking.

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If you’re going for the outside, a long, thin vegetable such as pea pods or scallions can be lined around the outside of the vase and tied with string, such as this vase of tulips lined around the outside with scallions.

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In the Arrangement

There are many ways to include produce in the arrangement itself. Branches of fruit can be inserted in foam or placed in vase arrangements, while many fruits or vegetables can be picked and placed in foam arrangements.

 

 

The arrangement on the left is based on foam, and the fruit is also supported by the compote dish used. On the right, carrots and scallions have been placed in a vase, and the carnations are supported by a bunch of parsley.

Things like apples, citrus, and artichokes can be picked. This is done by inserting a floral pick (often wood) into the piece and securing the other end into the foam. Using a floral glue such as Oasis Floral Adhesive or Flora Bond around the entry site into the fruit can be used as an extra measure for both security and the leakage of juices from the produce.

 

As the Container

By far, the most showy way to use fruit is often as the “vase” or container itself. Examples include lettuces, melons, squashes, or pineapples. For our Easter display, I chose a purple cabbage, and a small watermelon. Although both worked out, getting them ready for use was quite different.

 

 

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The cabbage was much more difficult, requiring a sharp knife and fork once I got down to the brain-like layers. The watermelon was incredibly easy. Once hallowed out, I cut floral foam to fit, soaked it, and lined it with plastic wrap to keep any bacteria from getting into it. Because the spaces were a bit small, especially for the cabbage, I left a fair amount of foam above the top so that there was room to work with.

At this point, I designed as normal, although being extra careful not to pull anything out and replace it was important due to the space available.

 

 

If you’re looking to something smaller, or rather diminutive, arranging some flowers in citrus fruits is a good choice. For this, I used water tubes cut down to size as a water source for the flowers. While I have seen images of flowers simply stuck into the flesh of the fruit, I haven’t tested it to see if it will kill the flower due to the high acidity levels.

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Here, I used oranges, lemons, and limes. It was very helpful to cut a flat surface on the bottom side of each fruit for stability. Most of the flowers were large enough to cover the tube ending, and these worked very well.

 

Overall, citrus and watermelon are the easiest things to use, although the citrus is probably the most versatile thing I’ve worked with. However, all create stunning arrangements that encourage comment.

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