Sharon McGukin

Smithers-Oasis North America Design Director Sharon McGukin, AIFD, AAF, PFCI enjoys sharing floral tips and techniques for celebrating life with flowers.

Ask any group of floral designers what inspires them most and they will often respond “nature”. Due to their close relationship with nature and natural materials, many designers enjoy using eco-friendly products and techniques.

The color, texture, and form of natural materials often becomes a catalyst of inspiration for these creative spirits.

Are you looking for innovative new products that deliver a natural vibe to your customers? If so, you’ll want to try a newly-released product called OASIS® TerraBrick™ Floral Media.

Floral designers have a mix of needs and expectations for their floral media. Smithers-Oasis understands that and recently expanded their line of products to accommodate diverse needs.

We’ll share these new options in upcoming Floral Hub Blogs, How We Bloom podcasts, and on the website. Beginning with today’s blog featuring everyday designs. We know you have questions and we want to answer them.

Photos: Design by Klaus Wagener / BLOOM’s

What is OASIS® TerraBrick™ Floral Media?

A stable flower arranging water-source floral media made of natural materials.

• Certified compostable floral media
• Plant-based, natural coir, compostable binder
• Simply cut and place in a container, for water saturation
• Store the floral media in a dry environment prior to use

How does it answer the sustainability requirements of some designers?
• Stable water-source floral media made of natural materials
• A sustainable floral media for very good flower life
• Okay for home or industrial compost

How is TerraBrick™ used in on-trend designs?

Photos: Design by Klaus Wagener / BLOOM’s

While designing with the new floral media, it’s important to place your flower stems with precision. Inserted stems create holes that do not fully close when a stem is removed. This will affect the integrity of its grip.

If you need to move a stem, rather than remove it – cut the stem off at the floral media surface leaving the submerged stem in place and relocate the remainder of the stem.

TerraBrick™ can be cut to fit your container as needed for your design. See this quick video for more details on How to Cut.

Floral Influencer Klaus Wagener - creative head of the publishing house BLOOM’s in Germany, shares with us some innovative design ideas for using the new floral media.

In each of Klaus’ designs he uses natural elements such as moss, rocks, twigs, or branches to help secure the floral media in place for the stability of the flowers. This adds to the natural beauty of the design.

Photos: Design by Klaus Wagener / BLOOM’s

Can the new floral media support large designs?

Photos: Design by Klaus Wagener / BLOOM’s

Yes! Adding to the beauty of the arrangement. Klaus demonstrates how in this gorgeous design.

For large designs, multiple bricks can be stacked, layered, or used in tandem to establish the volume of support needed. Insert a profusion of bamboo skewers or other wood picks through one brick into another to bind them together for added strength. (See collage photo below).

Structural pieces such as large branches, driftwood, sticks and vines can be wired together with bind wire to help secure the design.

For a closer look, see this video Large Green Design.

Photos: Design by Klaus Wagener / BLOOM’s

Why saturate bricks by pouring water over them
rather than float-saturation? 

As with all water-source products, saturate the OASIS® TerraBrick™ Floral Media with a mixed solution of water and FloraLife® Flower Food, to enhance the life of your flowers.

Cutting and arranging the bricks in a container prior to saturating them results in a cleaner workspace. Oversaturated bricks are more difficult to cut cleanly. It’s also important not force bricks under the water surface. Simply remove the bricks from the tray and float on the water surface to saturate.

Watch this video for details - How to Saturate

Why is there a tray?

The tray helps to protect the bricks during shipment. 

You can use the tray in the design for extra support, if you choose.

• It will not hold water like a typical vase or container.
• The tray and carton are not compostable.
• Place these items in a paper and cardboard recycling bin.

What is TerraBrick™ made of?

Photos: Design by Klaus Wagener / BLOOM’s

While OASIS® TerraBrick™ Floral Media looks a brick of potting soil, it is not. The bricks aren’t made from peat either. They are made from plant-based, renewable, natural coir and a compostable binder. 

Although TerraBrick™ is not a potting soil product, it looks similar. It becomes an interesting element of the arrangement when it is left exposed, to look like soil, in a natural design. (See collage photo below).

Watch this video - Garden Tablescape design using OASIS® TerraBrick™ Floral Media

Photos: Design by Klaus Wagener / BLOOM’s

Can you reuse OASIS® TerraBrick™ Floral Media?

Yes. TerraBrick™ is okay for home or industrial composting. You can repurpose used Terra Brick materials by using them in pots or the garden. If you haven’t tried OASIS® TerraBrick™ Floral Media you will want to do so right away. Once you’ve experimented with the new floral media, we would love to hear your feedback.

If you have suggestions for additional sizes, shapes and articles that would be useful to you, we welcome your ideas.

What interesting ways can you think of for using OASIS® TerraBrick™ Floral Media in your floral business?