Flower Floral Glossary
Disbud ~ The removal of excess buds to achieve a single higher
Ethylene Gas ~ Decomposing leaves and flowers, along with fruits
and vegetables can emit ethylene gas. Cut flowers exposed to ethylene gas
will have a shortened vase life. Plants such as Bromeliads are exposed to
ethylene gas to promote flowering.
Filler flowers ~ Filler flowers are used to fill in
and soften arrangements. These flowers are generally placed in the lower
regions of the arrangement.
"Baby's Breath" and "Statice" are examples of filler
Fixative ~ Fixatives are fine aerosol sprays use to
"glue" or hold fragile, fine stemmed or delicate dried flowers
together. It helps to reduce breakage.
Form flowers ~ Form flowers have very distinct
shapes. They are used as the focal point of an arrangement. Many form
flowers can be arranged with other flowers or arranged alone.
"Stargazer Lilies" or "Asiatic Lilies" are examples of
Hybrids ~ Hybrids are plants created by man, by
crossing two naturally occurring species to develop a
more vigorous plant. The end result is a hybrid plant with enhanced leaf or
flower shapes, coloration or growth habit.
Hydration ~ Hydration is simply a fancy word for
plants or flowers taking up, or drinking water.
Line flowers ~ Line flowers are generally stems
that have a tall, narrow columnar spike of flowers. They can be used to give
an arrangement a feel of height, or to create a vertical appearance.
"Liatris" and "Delphiniums" are examples of line
Mass flowers ~ Mass flowers have a single stem with
one flower head. They are used as the focal point of an arrangement.
"Roses" or "Carnations" are examples of mass flowers.
Spadix ~ A fleshy growth that extends from flowers resembling a tail.