Floral School

Floral School With Hanataba

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Welcome to Hanataba's Floral School

Feel free to mix and match flowers and greens as you like. Combine wildflowers with store-bought blooms. Gather a bunch of grasses and flowers along the bike path. Utilize dried flowers. The possibilities are endless. However, we understand that not all combinations turn out perfectly. That’s why we’ve provided suggestions here for combinations that work really well.

Creative Floral Combinations

Choose floral materials for your bouquet. This can include flowers, greens, grasses, dried flowers, or plants—mix according to your preference. It’s fine to place more than one stem in the same hole if space allows (and the stems are thin).

If you prefer thin stems, you can bundle them together, preferably placing the materials at different levels to create variation and depth. Hanataban fits most vases, large or small (of course, the vase must accommodate the Hanataban). Whether it’s dried flowers or live plants, the limits are yours to set.” 

What is the spiral?

When a florist arranges bouquets, the flower stems are always placed in the same direction to create a spiral shape, a technique known as spiral technique in the language of flowers. The purpose is, among other things, to allow air into the bouquet and thus create volume. Hanataban performs the spiral technique for you. Your flowers get greater spread and stay where you want them to stay.

Take care of your flowers

Caring for flowers is crucial for a successful and sustainable outcome. If you buy flowers from a florist, they are already cared for. If you choose to shop for flowers at the grocery store, you will need to do that work yourself. The longer the flowers go without proper care, the shorter their lifespan.

Trim your flowers with a sharp knife or pruner. Remove leaves, thorns, and other “unnecessary” parts from the stems. Florists often use the term “cleaning flowers,” which means removing damaged parts of leaves and flowers as well as leaves that would be submerged under the water. Always place your bouquet in a vase with cold water and consider changing the water daily. For the best longevity, place the flowers in water as soon as you leave the store, preferably within 1 hour

  • Rose

Did you know that most roses sold in Sweden are grown in Kenya or Costa Rica? It’s particularly important, when it comes to roses, that the rose petals do not come into contact with water. When they do, ethylene gas is released, which is highly toxic to the rose, causing it to wither quickly. With proper care, roses can remain beautiful for up to 2 weeks.

It’s not ideal to mix roses and tulips in the same bouquet because tulips grow quite a bit within just a couple of days, which roses do not. This quickly leads to an uneven and not particularly aesthetically pleasing bouquet.

  • Tulip

The tulip belongs to the lily family. The species has an unclear origin, possibly originating from Iran and has been naturalized in southwestern Europe; most cultivated forms of tulip are descended from the species.

To keep tulips standing tall for a long time, fresh cuts are a must. Let the bouquet stand in the packaging for an hour to absorb water. Tulips don’t need nutrients but are thirsty and prefer cold water. Change the water daily and keep your bouquet cool.

Tulip season is perfect for those who enjoy arranging their own bouquets. Start with a bouquet of high-quality tulips of your choice, and feel free to complement them with other flowers and plants. Since tulips continue to grow in the vase, it’s good to choose flowers that complement without being too strict in appearance; for example, a more bushy and wild style. It’s also lovely to mix tulips with other flowers, such as those listed below.

  • Alstroemeria ( Favorite that stays beautiful in the vase for a long time)

The genus Alstroemeria, belonging to the family Alstroemeriaceae, encompasses a diverse array of 125 species found primarily in two regions of South America: the Andes mountains of central Chile and the eastern regions of Brazil. These regions offer rich biodiversity and varied ecosystems where Alstroemerias thrive. Known for their vibrant and intricate flowers, Alstroemerias have captivated botanists and flower enthusiasts alike with their beauty and adaptability to different environments. From high-altitude regions to tropical forests, these resilient plants showcase the remarkable diversity of flora in South America.

  • Eucalyptus

The genus Eucalyptus is a plant genus within the family Myrtaceae. They are trees, rarely shrubs, with leathery, often bluish-green leaves that always orient themselves edge-on towards the sun. Hence, eucalyptus forests provide little shade. There are nearly 600 species of eucalyptus, with the majority originating from Australia.

  • Buttercup

The genus Ranunculus, commonly known as buttercups, comprises approximately 400 species scattered across almost every corner of the globe. These perennial plants propagate through rhizomes and typically feature hand-shaped leaves. Most species of ranunculus are perennial herbs bearing yellow or white flowers, adding vibrant splashes of color to various landscapes and habitats. Renowned for their resilience and adaptability, buttercups have earned a special place in gardens, meadows, and natural environments worldwide.

  • Anemone

The anemone belongs to the genus Ranunculus and is originally from the Mediterranean region. Its name comes from Greek and means wind; some claim it originates from the delightful spring breezes that blow when the anemone blooms. Another possible explanation is that even the slightest breeze causes the delicate anemone to sway.

Anemones are perfect as cut flowers (and can also be planted as bulbs). You can find anemones in colors such as white, pink, blue, and purple. Keep in mind that anemones are sensitive to bumps; handle them gently to get the most joy from the flower.

Anemone is a delightful spring flower that ignites feelings of spring. With its simple and beautiful expression, the anemone is both trendy and traditional. Its color variation makes it easy to love; it works equally well in a mixed or uniform bouquet. Anemones are available in late winter, signaling the approach of spring and brighter times. Some varieties bloom during other periods, such as the autumn anemone.

  • Pampas grass

Pampas grass is a species within the grass family that naturally occurs in the South American pampas in countries such as Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. It’s also a majestic decoration in gardens, forming a clump of long, narrow, arching leaves, from which the 2-3 meter tall stems grow.

Pampas grass is trendy and decorative, often sold in bunches. It has no scent. Dried plants and flowers can vary in color, shade, and size. Pampas grass may shed some when handled, but once in place, it makes a grand statement in its vase.


Clean Water

To ensure that your flowers last as long as possible, it's important that the water is cold and clean. Make sure that leaves and other debris do not end up in the water. Florists often use the term "cleaning flowers," which involves removing damaged parts of leaves and flowers, as well as leaves that would submerge under the water surface. The stems should be thoroughly cleaned to prevent bacterial growth in the water and in the vase. Additionally, changing the water regularly and trimming the stems every few days can help prolong the freshness of your bouquet.


The choice of vase for your bouquets is entirely up to you. Whether large or small vases are a matter of personal taste, depending on the type of bouquet you have in mind. If the bouquet is intended for a dining table or a sideboard, or if it’s part of a table setting for a dinner party, it may be important to consider the height. A low bouquet in a smaller vase may be preferred if you have a small table and wish to maintain visibility during dinner. Alternatively, a tall vase can be placed on the floor with a dried bouquet, such as pampas grass.

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Holidays and Arrangements

Tips for floral arrangements you can create yourself:

  • Japanese flower arrangement
  • Wedding arrangement
  • Easter flower arrangement
  • Christmas flower arrangement
  • Orchid arrangement (cut orchids)