Tropical Flower Arranging

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010

When it comes to arranging tropical flowers, florist Oscar Mora lives by one mantra: Less is more.

Even on massive arrangements, he says, using just a few elements can leave a stronger impact than combining many different types of flowers.

In addition to using fresh flowers and adding flower food to the water, Oscar always adds a touch of bleach to prevent bacterial buildup. But don't use too much, and be careful not to get any on your clothes or furniture.


Suggested Arrangements
Oscar brought a few of his favorite tropical arrangements to "The Martha Stewart Show."

Arrangement 1

  • Sago palm leaves
  • Marantha leaves
  • Lady's slipper orchids

Arrangement 2

  • Bird's nest fern
  • Monstera leaves
  • Cymbidium orchids

Arrangement 3

  • Bird's nest fern
  • Cordyline
  • Croton
  • Lady's slipper orchids
  • Dendrobium orchid

Arrangement 4

  • Bird's nest fern
  • Cordyline
  • Calathea
  • Vanda orchid
  • Dendrobium orchid
  • Carnations

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