By now, you may have read some opinions and reviews online on real like flowers. They could have originated from brides, from florists who claim to ‘specialize’ in them and to really know them, shills on various online bridal forums for certain floral shops and from resellers to the public. But you may feel even more confused and still want your questions answered. After all, you want to have the finest fake flowers available to enhance your wedding, or a living, or a working space. You just want to make a right decision on how to proceed, minimizing a risk of wasting your money.
Perhaps we should start from defining the subject: What are real touch flowers? Let’s clarify that, in just two sentences:
For artificial flowers to be classified as of the ultimate highest, genuine grade 6/ real touch quality, they have to have not only real, natural feel to the touch (imitating that of the fresh cut flowers) but they have to be almost perfectly botanically correct in their smallest components. Because of their ultra realistic and lifelike appearance you will (and should) be uncertain if they are fresh cut or synthetic flowers, even looking at them in person and up-close.
The most informative anywhere material on the subject of contemporary artificial flowers, grouped in a series of short articles is available on this page. If you do not have time, or patience to read it all, focus just on the classication of all kinds of silk flowers manufactured today. Please note that the other information you find online on the subject may be often a peripheral rendition of the comprehensive content from there (first version published in 2005) and other pages on our website.
We try to keep good inventory and have to steadily keep replenishing it and supplementing it with new specimens of highest quality faux flowers. We ship completed arrangements’ orders all year round, except during two last weeks in December. As we never buy anything in quantities until we first see a product, we have done extensive travelling over the years. Therefore, sourcing and prospecting for new flowers is constant, costly and never really ending process.
But since the end of 2008 we cannot count on uninterrupted supply stream of many flower kinds, in selection and quality we had been accustomed to before and from the same as before channels of distribution. 2009 and 2010 were the years where not only tens od factories making excellent quality real/ fresh/ natural touch flowers irrevocably closed but many large wholesale operations on four continents went out of business. And the currently existing and new manufacturing enterprises offer the replacement and/ or new flower products that are often inferior in appearance, material composition and quality. In addition, prices of artificial flowers in general doubled and tripled since 2007. Labor costs overseas have increased sharply and high energy prices have affected the outsourced production facilities. Do you know that energy counts for 40% of manufacturing costs? Although the supply situation improved somewhat in 2012 and 2013, production outputs for 2014 were just a bit more than half what they were in 2008. We do not have the data for 2015 yet.
Therefore, you can now understand that it would not make any business sense to us to part with what we need everyday in our work. Especially when the same flowers are not available all the time. We may get some kinds of them in limited quantities and do not see them until the next production run – even over a year later, or never again (if a certain factory closes). Selling a few stems here and there and then worrying about the availability of certain flowers for commissioned arrangements’ orders would not be a good use of our time and company resources.