Floral Types

If you walk into any craft store like Michael's or Hobby Lobby, you will eventually find a section that is over flowing with different floral options. This aisle will have a very wide range of different prices as well. Nowadays, artificial flowers are made with a huge range of fabrics from paper nylons (lower quality) to latex or wax coated based fabrics (higher quality). These quality differences will be reflected in the price you pay as well.

The standard floral quality you will hear referenced most often is "silk" flowers. These are the types of flowers that do not feel real at all. They are the lowest quality when it comes to sight and touch and this is reflected in price. These are made from nylon or polyester and the edges tend to fray over time. The advantage to this type of floral quality is that you will find more floral options since this is most widely used. However, while these flowers can look real when they are arranged together in a bouquet or wreath, they will never possess that "real-touch" quality that many people are willing to pay extra for. Another disadvantage of using this floral type is that the stems are generally made with steel or a thick plastic coating and tend to be very heavy. This can be problematic when creating a floral arrangement that you don't want to have fall over (think about that beautiful glass vase you picked).

 Note the fraying edges of a "silk" flower.

Note the fraying edges of a "silk" flower.

The floral we try to use the most of when creating our arrangements fall under the "real touch" category of floral options. Wax-coated flowers are basically "silk" flowers that are coated in wax (obviously). This gives them a more life-like appearance and touch. This also ensures that these flowers will stay in tact for much longer. There is a higher quality that can be requested, but we do not generally use due to price, which are called latex flowers. These are not fabric based and will be the closest you can get to real floral. Latex flowers will last a very long time due to the fact that there will be no fraying since there is no base of fabric. The disadvantage to choosing this type of floral is the fact that the price can be upwards of four times as expensive as generic "silk" floral and, because of this, there is not a wide variety of flowers to choose from.

 Note how real the wax rose looks on the right compared to the real flower on the left.

Note how real the wax rose looks on the right compared to the real flower on the left.

Please keep in mind that we generally try to use high-quality silk floral or wax-coated floral every time we make a custom creation. However, if you are wanting an arrangement to look more realistic, this can always be requested. We can give you a custom invoice on the price of the higher-end floral via PayPal, just send us an email to info@homegrownaccents.com with what you are needing.