Oasis Foam for Flowers

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Oasis Foam for Flowers
A florist ready to use the ever-present foam product. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Oasis is the registered brand name for a Smithers-Oasis Company floral foam product. Oasis floral foam is a medium used in floral arrangements and designed pieces. V.L. Smithers changed the florist industry when he created the water-absorbing product in 1954. The classic Oasis brick shape and Oasis filled products are sold worldwide.

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Smithers designed the floral foam product to resemble the cellular structure of a flower. Water soaks into the material with little to no seepage. The consistency of the foam holds the thin stem of a daisy and the thick stems of flowers such as gladioli in place in a floral arrangement.

A sharp knife or wire can cut through Oasis, and florists cut pieces of Oasis to fit into a container such as a basket, dish or bowl and even something as small as a thimble. They soak the foam with water before inserting the flowers into it. The water keeps all of the florals and greens in an arrangement evenly hydrated, according to Oasis Floral's website.


Oasis is in designer shapes for weddings, events and funerals. Smithers-Oasis makes Oasis and Lomey wedding and funeral supplies. Bouquet holders, pew clips and formed shapes for weddings have Oasis foundations built in for ease of design and long-lasting arrangements. Forms filled with Oasis for casket saddle and spray arrangements give a well hydrated foundation for a funeral. The products enable a floral designer to make floral pieces hours to days ahead of an event.


Oasis is formed into rings and heart shapes for decorative wreaths to fill with live flowers and greenery. Oasis comes in small rounds, the classic block, football, mini deco half-rounds, spheres, garlands and bars. The Smithers-Oasis company combines styrofoam sheets from the Dow Company with Oasis for a sculpting medium to shape into monograms, team logos and other specialised shapes. Foam is recognisable with the Oasis brand name embedded into the product.

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