Although ‘kenzans’ were invented for a specific function in the art of Ikebana, they were quickly taken up by floral artists for use in vases as a support for arrangements. What was not understood until more recent times was that ‘kenzans’ could be used in shallow containers with great effect.
The unintended benefits experienced, apart from the ease of creating beautiful arrangements, were that water levels which just covered the tops of the spikes tended to prevent stems from decaying as they do in deeper vases. This prevents unpleasant odours and maximises the life of the arrangement.
Similarly, it has been found that the spikes, by piercing the sealed or cauterised cut stems of most flowers (like roses) a capillary action is started allowing the flowers to draw water, thereby extending their vase life.
In summary, although Ikebana practitioners and floral artists are well aware of their particular guidelines and practises:
- Stayputs are recommended for shallow vases to achieve simple and elegant arrangements.
- As the cut flowers can only draw water from the cut end, minimum water levels are recommended.
- After the arrangement is prepared, flowers will drink heavily initially, so water will need to be topped up.
- Water need not be changed, but merely topped up when needed as rotting will not occur, nor will unpleasant odours.
- There is no need to glue the Stayput to the base of your receptacle as long as the correct weight has been chosen. Permanent fixing is possible, but may make cleaning difficult.
- Your Stayput will ‘dull’ after a few applications, the extent of which will depend on water conditions in your area. This will not affect performance. Stayputs are hand made from non-ferrous materials and cannot rust.