One of the easiest ways to decorate tall vases is to use a foam sphere covered in leaves. Simply slot it into the mouth of the vase and décor the protruding half with flowers. It's very secure and avoids the mechanics being seen from below.
Make yourself a "white double" bible. Every design you make...be it a wreath, cross, pillow(all sizes), Gates of Heaven, fish, Blackpool tower, shark, domino etc etc....log down how many stems you use, noting if it was heavy or light in heads. You can adapt this to other new designs not...
We all know the struggle stiff buckets bring. If buckets get stuck together, instead of bashing and tugging, try rolling them on the ground with your foot until they separate... saves ripping fingers off!
For a funky look use upside-down amaryllis stems as small holders for gerbera and other flowers.
Always get staff to write down what they put in a design on the back of the order. Not only does it avoid over-stuffing and lost margin but if there's a customer complaint you've got a precise record.
A small block of foam wrapped in cello and inserted into a fancy container or simple bag uses less stems to create a full look and not only increases profit but appeals to customers who want something other than a traditional hand tied.
To stop peonies opening up too soon put stockings over their heads. Alternatively save the netting that comes on bloom chrysanths and place over roses or peonies for extended shelf life in the cooler.
When working with soft stemmed flowers wrap a small piece of tape around the base of the stem to make insertion into foam easier. Alternatively use a straw to make holes in the foam and insert the stem into it. Both ideas will avoid stem breakage and ensure good water...
If you don’t like the idea of wiring Gerbera try using a clear straw to give it extra support. If its easier ask your wholesaler to buy in pre-strawed Gerbera.
Always provide a piece of carpet or rubber matting for your staff to stand on whilst they are working. It will protect them from sore feet and aching legs and avoid problems or fatigue ... especailly important at busy peak days.