Florist Kaihoko Putiputi

Florists design and prepare flower arrangements, and sell flowers, indoor plants and accessories such as vases and baskets.

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Florists may do some or all of the following:

  • help people choose flowers or plants
  • design and put together flowers in bouquets, posies and arrangements
  • deliver or arrange delivery of flowers
  • look after flowers and indoor plants
  • buy plants, wrap, vases and baskets from sales representatives
  • keep records and accounts
  • attend markets and auctions and bid for flowers.

Physical Requirements

Florists need to be fit and strong, as the job involves a lot of lifting and bending. They should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.

They must not have pollen allergies because flowers might set off allergic reactions.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for florists includes:

  • work experience in florist shops
  • work that involves customer service or handling money
  • window-dressing work
  • work in plant nurseries
  • graphic design.

Personal Qualities

Florists need to be:

  • creative and artistic, with a good eye for colour, texture and detail
  • confident
  • adaptable
  • good with people, and excellent communicators
  • skilled at planning and organising.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for florists includes:

  • work experience in florist shops
  • work that involves customer service or handling money
  • window-dressing work
  • work in plant nurseries
  • graphic design.

Subject Recommendations

Three years of secondary education is needed to enter many floristry courses. English, design and art are useful subjects.

Florists can earn around $19-$20 per hour per year.

Many florists go on to set up their own shops or businesses.

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