Since starting a floral business (Pete's Buds) a few months ago, my florist kit has been growing and growing. What started as just a great pair of shears and a gung-ho attitude soon became a collection of tools that I don't touch a stem without. I've learned that the right materials can make or break your bouquet. It's impossible to create an arrangement of roses that defies gravity, for example, without the right support structure in the vase. From chicken wire to floral clay, read on for all the items you need in your kit.
The Home Depot Chicken Wire ($6)
Cover the top of a vase with a layer of chicken wire to help your stems stay upright, or make a ball of chicken wire and adhere it to the base of the vase with floral clay. This will give you a nice support structure to put your flowers into.
Kauffman-Mercantile Steel & Rosewood Flower Knife ($39)
Cleaning the extra leaves off tulips, and other leafy stems, is a lot easier when you have a knife as sharp as this one.