Analyzing the Difference Between Floral Materials Water Potential When Cut by Ikebana Experts and Inexperienced Persons
Ikebana is one of the aspects of Japanese traditional culture. Flowers are used for the creation of ikebana, and keeping a completed arrangement in good condition is important. Ikebana arrangements are used for welcoming guests or displayed for a period of several days at exhibitions.
It is thought that floral material cut by an expert lasts longer but this has not been scientifically verified. Therefore this research aims to scientifically calculate and clarify the difference between floral materials cut by ikebana experts and an inexperienced persons, observing the cross section diagram of cut floral materials and their water potential (water retention).
Two kinds of floral material, one generally considered able to absorb water easily and the other generally considered to absorb water with difficulty, were cut by both the ikebana experts and an inexperienced persons, and these materials’ cross sections were observed and their water potential (retention) measured.
As a result, material cut by the Ikebana experts showed a tendency for less damage at the cross section and higher water retention than material cut by the inexperienced persons. This was especially pronounced in floral material considered to be difficult in absorbing water. This thus suggested a correlation between the degree of damage seen in cross section and the water potential of floral material.