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Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria, commonly known as the Peruvian Lily, is celebrated for its vibrant colors and longevity as a cut flower. Native to the cool mountains of South America, these flowers bring a splash of color and a touch of exotic flair to bouquets and floral arrangements. Proper care and handling are essential to maintain their beauty and extend vase life. This guide provides detailed instructions to ensure your Alstroemerias stay fresh and vibrant.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Alstroemeria

Inspection: Immediately upon arrival, inspect the Alstroemeria for signs of stress or damage:

  • Look for any mechanical damage or signs of dehydration.
  • Check for closed but slightly opening buds; tightly closed buds may indicate they are too young, and fully open buds may shorten vase life.
  • Watch out for leaf yellowing or browning, indicating ethylene damage or poor handling.
  • Ensure your supplier treated the flowers with an ethylene action inhibitor to prevent premature wilting.

Hydration: It's crucial to hydrate Alstroemeria promptly to avoid stress:

  • If received dry packed, cut approximately 1" from the stem ends and use an instant hydrating treatment.
  • Use a clean, sanitized, non-metal bucket filled with clean, high-quality water and a floral food solution.
  • Place the flowers in a cooler at 34-38°F with 75-85% relative humidity for at least two hours, ensuring good airflow.
  • Rotate the flowers based on a first-in/first-out system.
2. Preparing Alstroemeria for Display or Sale
  • Trim stems at a 45-degree angle to enhance water absorption and prevent air locks.
  • Remove any leaves that would sit below the waterline to reduce bacterial growth.
  • Use clean containers or vases with fresh water mixed with a floral preservative.
  • Position the flowers in moderate, indirect light to avoid quick dehydration.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance
  • Change the water regularly and ensure containers are filled appropriately.
  • Monitor for signs of stress, such as leaf yellowing or bud failure to open.
  • Trim wilted petals and leaves to encourage fresh growth and maintain appearance.
4. Packaging and Transportation

Proper packaging is vital for Alstroemeria during delivery.

  • Use supportive materials that prevent stem breakage and petal damage.
  • Maintain a cool, humid environment during transport to reduce stress and dehydration.
5. Customer Care Tips

Offering care tips to customers ensures their Alstroemerias remain beautiful.

  • Provide instructions for care, including regular water changes and floral preservatives.
  • Advise keeping the flowers in a cool spot and away from direct sunlight.
  • Inform customers that Alstroemeria blooms open over time, transforming from buds to vibrant flowers.

This comprehensive approach to the care and handling of Alstroemeria ensures that these charming flowers maintain their allure and longevity, bringing lasting joy from the store to the home or event.

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria, commonly known as the Peruvian Lily, is celebrated for its vibrant colors and longevity as a cut flower. Native to the cool mountains of South America, these flowers bring a splash of color and a touch of exotic flair to bouquets and floral arrangements. Proper care and handling are essential to maintain their beauty and extend vase life. This guide provides detailed instructions to ensure your Alstroemerias stay fresh and vibrant.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Alstroemeria

Inspection: Immediately upon arrival, inspect the Alstroemeria for signs of stress or damage:

  • Look for any mechanical damage or signs of dehydration.
  • Check for closed but slightly opening buds; tightly closed buds may indicate they are too young, and fully open buds may shorten vase life.
  • Watch out for leaf yellowing or browning, indicating ethylene damage or poor handling.
  • Ensure your supplier treated the flowers with an ethylene action inhibitor to prevent premature wilting.

Hydration: It's crucial to hydrate Alstroemeria promptly to avoid stress:

  • If received dry packed, cut approximately 1" from the stem ends and use an instant hydrating treatment.
  • Use a clean, sanitized, non-metal bucket filled with clean, high-quality water and a floral food solution.
  • Place the flowers in a cooler at 34-38°F with 75-85% relative humidity for at least two hours, ensuring good airflow.
  • Rotate the flowers based on a first-in/first-out system.
2. Preparing Alstroemeria for Display or Sale
  • Trim stems at a 45-degree angle to enhance water absorption and prevent air locks.
  • Remove any leaves that would sit below the waterline to reduce bacterial growth.
  • Use clean containers or vases with fresh water mixed with a floral preservative.
  • Position the flowers in moderate, indirect light to avoid quick dehydration.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance
  • Change the water regularly and ensure containers are filled appropriately.
  • Monitor for signs of stress, such as leaf yellowing or bud failure to open.
  • Trim wilted petals and leaves to encourage fresh growth and maintain appearance.
4. Packaging and Transportation

Proper packaging is vital for Alstroemeria during delivery.

  • Use supportive materials that prevent stem breakage and petal damage.
  • Maintain a cool, humid environment during transport to reduce stress and dehydration.
5. Customer Care Tips

Offering care tips to customers ensures their Alstroemerias remain beautiful.

  • Provide instructions for care, including regular water changes and floral preservatives.
  • Advise keeping the flowers in a cool spot and away from direct sunlight.
  • Inform customers that Alstroemeria blooms open over time, transforming from buds to vibrant flowers.

This comprehensive approach to the care and handling of Alstroemeria ensures that these charming flowers maintain their allure and longevity, bringing lasting joy from the store to the home or event.

Anemones

Anemones' vibrant colors and unique central crowns of black anthers bring a distinctive drama to floral arrangements. Caring for these enchanting flowers from arrival to final display is key to maximizing their vase life. Follow this guide for the best practices in managing Anemones, ensuring they remain stunning from your store to the customer's hands.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Anemones

Inspection: Upon arrival, promptly inspect Anemones for:

  • Signs of ethylene sensitivity, such as petal shatter. Confirm with your grower that Anemones have been treated with an ethylene action inhibitor.
  • Any bruising, botrytis (gray mold), or physical damage that may compromise their quality.
  • Ensure Anemones are not excessively wilted, indicating they have been stored at incorrect temperatures. Ideal shipping and storage temperatures range from 34-38° F (1-3°C) with a relative humidity of 75-85%.
  • Look for firm stems and flowers that are closed or just beginning to open. However, remember that flowers close naturally when in cold and dark conditions.

Hydration: It's crucial to hydrate Anemones promptly to avoid wilting.

  • If the Anemones arrive dry-packed, cut approximately 1" from the stem ends using a clean, sanitized cutter to facilitate water uptake.
  • Use a clean, non-metal bucket filled with clean, high-quality water and a floral food solution.
  • Store the flowers in a cooler set at 34-38° F (1-3°C) for at least two hours before moving them to display, ensuring the cooler has adequate airflow.
  • Practice FIFO (first-in, first-out) to maintain freshness.
2. Preparing Anemones for Display or Sale

When preparing Anemones for display:

  • Trim the stems at a 45-degree angle to improve water absorption.
  • Remove any leaves that will sit below the waterline to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Use clean vases or containers filled with fresh water and a floral preservative to extend vase life.
  • Avoid direct sunlight to prevent dehydration, opting for moderate, indirect light instead.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance

For the best appearance and health of Anemones:

  • Regularly change the vase water, keeping it at an appropriate level.
  • Watch for any signs of diseases or pests, including leaf yellowing or spots.
  • Prune any wilted petals and leaves to help maintain a fresh appearance.
4. Packaging and Transportation

Proper packaging protects Anemones during transport.

  • Use materials that support the stems and blooms, preventing damage, as Anemones are susceptible to stem bending.
  • Keep the flowers in a cool, humid environment to reduce stress and dehydration.
5. Customer Care Tips

Providing customers with care instructions enhances service quality.

  • Include simple, direct care instructions with each purchase.
  • Offer advice for handling common issues, like what to do if flowers wilt prematurely.
  • Advise keeping Anemones cool, changing water regularly, and using floral preservatives.
Additional Care and Handling Tips
  • Anemones can be fast to open and have a relatively short vase life (3-8 days). Design arrangements close to event time to ensure peak freshness.
  • Be mindful of sap, which may cause skin irritation; handle with care and treat any irritation immediately.
  • While Anemones mix well with most flowers, avoid pairing them with daffodils in the same vase due to the harmful sap of daffodils.

Caring for Anemones requires a dedicated approach to maintain their allure. Following these guidelines, you can provide the best conditions for Anemones, delighting customers with their enduring beauty.

Asters

Asters, with their vibrant colors and star-shaped flowers, add a delightful charm to gardens and floral arrangements alike. Their enduring appeal makes understanding proper care and handling techniques essential for maintaining their beauty and extending their vase life. This guide is designed to assist you in managing Asters from the moment they arrive until they are delivered to the customer, ensuring their optimal condition and longevity.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Asters

Inspection: Immediately upon arrival, inspect your Asters for any signs of stress or damage that could compromise their quality. Key indicators include:

  • Mechanical damage or bruising.
  • Signs of wilting, discoloration, or petal drop may indicate ethylene sensitivity or poor handling.
  • Evidence of botrytis (gray mold) on petals or leaves is a common fungal issue and can happen if stems are packed too tightly.
  • Any symptoms of dehydration or excessive wilting can point toward issues with pre-shipment hydration or storage conditions.
  • Heads should be ¾ to fully open and show color.

Hydration: Quickly hydrating Asters is critical to reviving them from transport stress.

  • Trim about 1-2 inches off the stems and apply an instant hydrating treatment to encourage water uptake.
  • Use clean, non-metallic containers filled with fresh, cold water mixed with a proper floral preservative solution.
  • To enhance their hydration, chill the Asters in a floral cooler set between 34-38° F for a minimum of two hours, ensuring good air circulation around the blooms.
  • Rotate asters in and out of the cooler on a first-in/first-out basis.
2. Preparing Asters for Display or Sale
  • Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle to improve water absorption and help prevent air embolisms.
  • Remove any leaves that will sit below the water line to reduce bacterial growth.
  • Ensure display containers are clean and filled with fresh, preservative-enriched water.
  • Position Asters in moderate, indirect light to avoid rapid dehydration.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance
  • Regularly check and change the water in display containers to maintain cleanliness.
  • Monitor for signs of distress, like leaf spots or petal issues, indicative of pests or diseases.
  • Remove any fading petals or leaves to keep Asters looking fresh and promote air circulation.
4. Packaging and Transportation
  • Use packaging materials that support the Asters' stems and protect their delicate blooms.
  • Maintain a cool, humid atmosphere during transport to prevent stress and wilting.
5. Customer Care Tips
  • Provide clear care instructions with every purchase.
  • Offer advice for addressing common issues, like wilting or premature bloom drop.
  • Recommend keeping Asters in a cool spot, changing the water regularly, and using floral preservatives.
Additional Care Tips for Asters:
  • Bacterial Management: Asters are particularly susceptible to bacterial contamination. Use sterilized containers and tools, and consider a bactericide in the water to keep stems clear.
  • Positioning: Asters exhibit phototropism, growing towards light sources. Rotate them regularly to ensure even growth.
  • Wet Shipping: Asters are susceptible to gravitropism, where they grow up and bend away from gravity if placed horizontally. Asters should be shipped and stored wet, upright in bucket solutions.
  • Sugar Solutions: Some Asters benefit from sugar-enriched solutions to encourage bloom opening and longevity. Consider using specialized floral foods designed for cut flowers.

By adhering to these guidelines, you can ensure your Asters remain vibrant and appealing from arrival to their final destination, enriching arrangements and delighting customers with their natural beauty.

Bells of Ireland

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Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies, with their elegant trumpet-shaped blooms, are a beloved choice for bouquets and décor and symbolize purity and beauty. Proper care and handling are essential to maintain their sophisticated appearance and longevity. Follow this guide to manage your Callas from arrival to customer delivery, guaranteeing their best health and durability.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Calla Lilies

Inspection: Upon your Callas’ arrival, immediately inspect for signs of stress or damage that could reduce their vase life. Key points to check include:

  • Signs of bruising or mechanical damage.
  • Evidence of wilting, bending, or discoloration, indicating possible ethylene sensitivity. Ensure your supplier uses ethylene inhibitors.
  • The presence of brown spots or unusual textures on the spathe, which could suggest a Botrytis infection.
  • Stems that snap when bent are a sign of age; stems should be pliable.
  • Any signs of excessive wilting or dryness, potentially due to poor temperature or humidity control during transport. Ideal shipping and storage conditions are 34-38°F with a relative humidity of 75-85%.

Hydration: Quick and appropriate hydration is critical for Callas to recover from shipping stress.

  • If Callas arrive dry-packed, trim about 1” from the stem ends and apply a quick hydrating solution.
  • Use a clean, sanitized container (avoid metal/galvanized) filled with clean, high-quality water and a floral preservative.
  • Store Callas in a cooler set between 34-38°F for a minimum of two hours, ensuring good airflow around them.
  • Adhere to a first-in/first-out rotation to maintain freshness.
2. Preparing Calla Lilies for Display or Sale
  • Cut stems at a 45-degree angle to improve water uptake and prevent air embolisms.
  • Remove any leaves that would sit below the waterline to deter bacterial growth.
  • Ensure the container or vase is clean and filled with fresh water and a floral preservative to keep Callas hydrated and healthy.
  • When placing Callas in a vase, leave the sleeves on and allow them to hydrate for approximately four hours. Once hydrated, remove the sleeves.
  • Place in moderate, indirect light; direct sunlight can dehydrate Callas quickly.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance
  • Change the water regularly, ensuring the container remains full to support hydration.
  • Monitor for signs of pests, diseases, or decay, particularly on the spathe and stem.
  • Trim away any deteriorating parts to promote a clean appearance and prevent the spread of bacteria.
4. Packaging and Transportation
  • Use materials that support the stems and protect the delicate spathe and blooms.
  • Maintain a cool, humid environment during transit to reduce stress and dehydration.
5. Customer Care Tips

Offering care advice enhances customer satisfaction.

  • Provide simple, clear care instructions with every Calla Lily purchase.
  • Suggest remedies for common issues, like what to do if the Callas begin to wilt.
  • Recommend keeping Callas in cool areas, changing water frequently, and using floral preservatives.
Special Considerations for Calla Lilies
  • Calla stems are prone to sliminess and decay in water; frequently changing the water can prevent these issues.
  • Handle Callas gently as their stems and blooms bruise easily.
  • To prevent Botrytis infection, do not overcrowd storage containers and maintain consistent, cool temperatures. Avoid getting water on the spathe during care.

Incorporating these guidelines will ensure your Calla Lilies retain their elegance and beauty from your store to the customer’s destination.

Craspedia

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Delphinium

Delphiniums, with their striking spikes of vibrant blooms ranging from deep indigo to soft sky blue and pure white, are marvels in floral arrangements. These elegant flowers bring a touch of sophistication and a burst of color wherever they are placed. Proper care and handling are essential for maintaining their beauty and extending their vase life. This guide offers a comprehensive approach to managing your Delphiniums so that they remain a breathtaking sight.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Delphiniums

Inspection: As soon as your Delphiniums arrive, inspect them for any signs of distress or damage that might compromise their quality. Look out for:

  • Ethylene damage: Manifests as petal shattering or abnormal opening. Ensure your supplier treats stems with an ethylene action inhibitor.
  • Physical damage: Check for any mechanical damage that could impair their appearance or vase life.
  • Disease: Look for symptoms of fungal infections like botrytis, indicated by brown spots on petals.
  • Temperature stress: Symptoms include wilting or discoloration, often due to improper shipping or storage conditions. Ensure temperatures are maintained between 34-38°F with relative humidity between 75-85%.

Hydration: Immediately hydrate your Delphiniums to prevent wilting

  • For dry-packed flowers, cut roughly 1" from the stem ends and use a quick hydrating solution.
  • Use a clean, non-metal container with high-quality water mixed with a floral preservative.
  • Chill the flowers at 34-38°F for at least two hours in a cooler with good airflow, following a first-in/first-out rotation.
2. Preparing Delphiniums for Display or Sale

When displaying Delphiniums:

  • Trim stems at a 45-degree angle to enhance water uptake.
  • Remove any leaves below the waterline to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Use clean containers with fresh water and a floral preservative.
  • Position in moderate, indirect light to avoid quick dehydration.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance
  • Regularly refresh the water and maintain the cleanliness of the containers.
  • Monitor for pests or diseases, trimming any affected parts promptly.
4. Packaging and Transportation
  • Use supportive materials to protect the flowers during transport.
  • Maintain a cool, humid environment to minimize stress on the Delphiniums.
5. Customer Care Tips
  • Provide detailed care instructions with every purchase.
  • Advise on regular water changes and the use of floral preservatives.
  • Recommend keeping the flowers in cooler spots away from direct sunlight.
Additional Care Tips for Delphiniums
  • Acclimation: Allow flowers to gradually adapt to room temperatures after being removed from the cooler to prevent shock.
  • Stem Support: For tall varieties like Delphiniums, consider using stem supports or arranging them in a manner that prevents bending.
  • Pest Management: Be vigilant against common pests like aphids, which can be attracted to Delphiniums.
  • Delphiniums can be toxic. Do not use any part of the flowers or stems to decorate edible items.
  • Delphiniums begin blooming at the bottom of the spike and work their way up, so you may have a few blooms open at the bottom of the stem at the time of delivery. This is not a cause for concern.

By following these care and handling guidelines, you ensure that your Delphiniums retain their stunning visual appeal and vitality, making them a cherished addition to any setting.

Disbuds

With their vast array of colors and durability, Disbuds (single-stem Chrysanthemums) are a favorite among florists and enthusiasts alike. Proper care and handling of these robust flowers are key to maximizing their vase life and ensuring they remain vibrant. Follow this guide from arrival to customer delivery to maintain optimal health and longevity of your Disbuds.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Disbuds

Inspection: Immediately upon arrival, inspect the Disbuds for:

  • Signs of mechanical damage or rough handling.
  • Symptoms of dehydration such as limpness or wilting.
  • Indicators of disease or pests, particularly botrytis, which can manifest as brown or grey mold spots.
  • Ensure stems show full color and blooms are ¾ to fully open for optimal quality.

Hydration: Disbuds may often come dry-packed; prompt and proper hydration is essential.

  • If stems are dry packed, condition the stem ends by cutting off approximately 1" and applying a quick dip in a hydration solution.
  • Use a clean, sanitized, non-metal container with fresh, high-quality water and a floral preservative solution.
  • Store the flowers in a cooler set between 34-38°F with 75-85% relative humidity for a minimum of two hours to hydrate, ensuring good airflow around the buckets.
  • Rotate Disbuds in and out of the cooler on a first-in/first-out basis.
2. Preparing Disbuds for Display or Sale
  • Trim stems at a 45-degree angle to enhance water uptake and prevent air embolism.
  • Remove any leaves that will be below the waterline to reduce bacterial growth.
  • Use a clean vase or container with fresh water and a floral preservative to maintain hydration and health.
  • Place in moderate, indirect light and avoid extreme temperatures to prevent premature wilting.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance
  • Regularly check and change the water in display containers, maintaining proper fill levels.
  • Monitor for signs of pests, diseases, or distress, removing affected parts promptly to maintain health and appearance.
  • Keep the environment cool and humid to support longevity and vibrance.
4. Packaging and Transportation

When packaging Disbuds for delivery or customer take-away:

  • Use supports to prevent stem breakage and protect blooms from damage.
  • Maintain a cool, humid environment during transport to minimize stress and dehydration risks.
5. Customer Care Tips

Provide customers with care instructions to enhance their experience.

  • Advise on the importance of placing Disbuds in a cool area, away from direct sunlight.
  • Encourage regular water changes and the use of floral preservatives.
  • Inform about the removal of any leaves below the waterline to prevent bacterial growth.
Additional Tips and Considerations
  • Botrytis Management: Keep humidity and temperature controlled to prevent botrytis. Inspect regularly for any signs of the disease and remove affected parts immediately.
  • Handling: Disbuds are robust but should still be handled carefully to prevent shattering or damage to the blooms and foliage.
  • Foliage Care: Monitor for signs of yellowing or browning, which could indicate stress or disease. Adjust care practices as needed to address any issues.

By adhering to these guidelines, your Disbuds will retain their beauty and vitality, from your care to the customer's enjoyment.

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Erygium

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Green Trix

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Gypsophila

Gypsophila, or Baby's Breath, is celebrated for its delicate and ethereal appearance. Its volume and texture make it a favorite choice in floral designs. This guide aims to ensure the optimal condition of Gypsophila from its arrival to the point it reaches your customers, highlighting the best practices for its care and handling.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Gypsophila

Inspection: Upon receipt, immediately inspect Gypsophila for:

  • Signs of ethylene damage, such as floret browning or dropping, which affect the flower's freshness and lifespan. Ensure Gypsophila has been treated with an ethylene inhibitor.
  • Physical damage or crushing, which can be common, given the delicate nature of these flowers.
  • Dryness or brittleness of stems and flowers, indicating immediate hydration is necessary.
  • Bright flowers, no browning or shriveling of florets, and 50% or more of the flowers open.

Hydration: Proper hydration is crucial for Gypsophila. Upon unpacking:

  • Trim at least 1" off the stems and use a quick hydrating solution to enhance water uptake.
  • Place the stems in a clean, non-metal container filled with fresh, cool water and a floral preservative.
  • Store the flowers in a cooler at 34-38° F with relative humidity of 75-85% for a minimum of 4 hours, ensuring good air circulation around them.
  • Rotate Gypsophila on a first-in/first-out basis.
2. Preparing Gypsophila for Display or Sale

To prepare Gypsophila for display:

  • Cut stems diagonally to increase the surface area for water absorption.
  • Remove any leaves that might sit below the waterline in your display to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Use a clean vase or container filled with fresh water and a floral preservative to keep the flowers hydrated.
  • Display Gypsophila in a cool area away from direct sunlight and ripening fruits to prevent ethylene damage.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance

Maintain the freshness of Gypsophila by:

  • Changing the water and floral preservative solution regularly to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Keeping the display area cool and away from direct sunlight to minimize dehydration.
  • Monitoring the flowers for any signs of wilting or browning and removing affected parts promptly.
4. Packaging and Transportation

When packaging Gypsophila for delivery or customer takeaway:

  • Use materials that protect the delicate blooms and stems from damage.
  • Use materials that protect the delicate blooms and stems from damage.
5. Customer Care Tips

Inform your customers on proper Gypsophila care to extend its beauty:

  • Provide clear care instructions, emphasizing the need for cool, clean water and the use of floral preservatives.
  • Advise on keeping the flowers away from heat sources and direct sunlight to prevent rapid deterioration.
  • Recommend regular water changes and trimming of stems to enhance the longevity of their Gypsophila.
Additional Care and Handling Tips for Gypsophila
  • Ethylene Sensitivity: Besides pre-treatment with ethylene inhibitors, ensure Gypsophila is stored away from produce and other ethylene-producing sources.
  • Hydration: Gypsophila may require longer hydration times, especially if the stems are particularly thick or woody.
  • Air Circulation: Good ventilation is crucial both in storage and display environments to prevent moisture accumulation and potential fungal diseases.
  • Handling: Handle Gypsophila gently to avoid damaging the delicate stems and blooms. When separating tangled stems, do so carefully to preserve their integrity.

Following these guidelines ensures Gypsophila maintains its whimsical charm and beauty from the moment it arrives until it graces your customers' homes or events.

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Hypericum

Hypericum, also known as St. John’s Wort, has been used medicinally for centuries. Now, with its captivating berries and foliage, Hypericum has become an increasingly popular accent in floral arrangements, enriching them with texture and color. This guide outlines essential care and handling steps for Hypericum from arrival to the point of sale, ensuring it maintains its unique beauty and longevity.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Hypericum

Inspection: Immediately upon arrival, inspect Hypericum for signs of stress, disease, or damage. Key indicators include:

  • Discolored or wilted leaves and berries may suggest dehydration or exposure to extreme temperatures.
  • Look for unusual spots or decay on leaves and berries as signs of pests or fungal diseases.
  • Berries should be firm to the touch and evenly colored, indicating proper maturity and health.

Hydration: Prompt hydration is critical. If Hypericum arrives dry-packed, prepare them for hydration by:

  • Trimming about 1” from the stem ends.
  • Using a hydrating solution to encourage water uptake.
  • Placing stems in a clean, non-metallic container filled with a proper floral preservative solution.
  • Cooling stored Hypericum at 34-38° F with 75-85% relative humidity for at least two hours, ensuring good airflow around the containers.
  • Rotating the Hypericum in and out of the cooler on a first-in, first-out basis.
2. Preparing Hypericum for Display or Sale

When displaying Hypericum, ensure:

  • Stems are cut at an angle to enhance water uptake.
  • Any leaves that might sit below the waterline are removed to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Containers or vases are clean and filled with fresh water mixed with a floral preservative.
  • Hypericum is displayed away from direct sunlight to avoid quick dehydration.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance

Maintain the quality of Hypericum by:

  • Changing the water regularly and ensuring containers are adequately filled.
  • Monitoring for any signs of disease or pests on the berries and foliage.
  • Removing any wilted parts to keep the display fresh and appealing.
4. Packaging and Transportation

Packaging Hypericum securely is vital for their protection. Use:

  • Materials that support the stems and shield the berries and leaves from damage.
  • A cool, humid environment for transporting to minimize stress and dehydration.
5. Customer Care Tips

Offering customers advice on Hypericum care enhances their experience:

  • Provide care instructions emphasizing the importance of cool storage, water changes, and the use of floral preservatives.
  • Suggest removing any leaves below the waterline to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Advise on the optimal display location, avoiding direct sunlight and heat sources to prolong the berries’ life.
Additional Tips for Hypericum Care
  • Ethylene Sensitivity: Hypericum is sensitive to ethylene, which can cause berry drop and leaf yellowing. Use ethylene inhibitors if available and ensure they are kept away from fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene.
  • Pest Management: Be vigilant about pest control. Aphids and thrips can be problematic for Hypericum. Regularly inspect and manage pests using appropriate methods.
  • Avoiding Stress: Avoid leaving Hypericum in direct sunlight or hot areas before arranging. Stressful conditions can lead to premature berry drop or wilting.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure your Hypericum retains its vibrant texture and color, enhancing any floral arrangement or display.

Liatris

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Lilies

Lilies, with their diverse varieties and stunning blooms, are beloved additions to bouquets and arrangements. Proper care and handling from arrival to the point of sale or use in designs are key to maximizing their beauty and longevity. This guide offers practical advice for maintaining the health and appearance of Lilies, ensuring they captivate onlookers with their elegance.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Lilies

Inspection: Upon arrival, inspect Lilies for signs of stress or damage that could compromise their quality. Look for:

  • Signs of mechanical damage.
  • Any signs of disease or pests.
  • Evidence of ethylene sensitivity, such as bud drop or failure to open.
  • Discoloration or wilting, which could indicate poor handling or storage conditions.
  • Lilies, particularly white varieties, may show brown spots or streaks, which could be natural variegations or signs of fungal infection.
  • Lower blooms should be on the verge of opening and showing full color.

Hydration: Quickly hydrating Lilies upon receipt is crucial for their revival and vigor.

  • If Lilies arrive dry-packed, trim approximately 1" from the stem ends and use a quick hydrating solution before placing them in water.
  • Use clean, sanitized, non-metal containers filled with fresh, cool water and a floral preservative.
  • To promote hydration, Store Lilies in a cool environment (34-38° F) with high humidity (75-85%) for at least two hours.
  • Practice FIFO (first-in, first-out) to ensure all Lilies are used in their prime.
2. Preparing Lilies for Display or Sale

When readying Lilies for display, take care to:

  • Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle to enhance water uptake.
  • Remove any leaves that will sit below the waterline to reduce the risk of bacterial growth.
  • Ensure the display container or vase is clean and filled with fresh water and floral food to nourish the Lilies.
  • Position the Lilies in moderate, indirect light to prevent premature fading or drying out.
  • Carefully remove the pollen anthers as the flowers open to prevent staining and extend flower life.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance

To maintain the Lilies' beauty:

  • Regularly check and change the water in the vase or container to keep it clean and free of bacteria.
  • Keep the environment cool and away from direct sunlight and ethylene-producing fruits and vegetables.
  • Monitor for and promptly remove any wilting or discolored flowers and foliage to maintain a fresh appearance.
4. Packaging and Transportation

Properly packaging Lilies is essential for their protection during transit.

  • Use materials that cushion and support the stems and blooms.
  • Maintain a cool, humid atmosphere during transportation to reduce stress on the flowers.
5. Customer Care Tips
  • Provide detailed care instructions with every purchase.
  • Suggest keeping Lilies in a cool place, away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  • Encourage regular water changes and trimming of stems to promote flower longevity.
  • Advise on the removal of anthers to prevent pollen stains and protect pets.

Following these guidelines ensures your Lilies remain a breathtaking feature, from your care to the customers’ enjoyment. Proper attention to their unique needs will extend their vase life and enhance their beauty, making them a cherished part of any arrangement.

Limonium

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Lisianthus

With its elegant blooms and enduring charm, Lisianthus is a favorite for floral arrangements. These flowers, resembling roses but without thorns, demand specific care and handling to maximize their vase life and maintain their beauty. Follow this guide to ensure your Lisianthus thrive from the moment they arrive until they reach your customer, promoting optimal health and longevity.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Lisianthus

Inspection: Upon arrival, inspect the Lisianthus for any signs of stress or damage, including:

  • Signs of wilting or dehydration.
  • Any indication of botrytis infection, such as brown spots on the petals.
  • Ethylene sensitivity signs, like poor opening or premature wilting. Use an ethylene action inhibitor for sensitive varieties.
  • Leaf yellowing or foliage damage.
  • Stem bending, which can be caused if the flowers are not shipped and stored upright in bucket solutions.
  • Stems should ideally have one to three flowers open when they arrive.

Hydration: It's critical to hydrate Lisianthus immediately to prevent stress.

  • If received dry, use a quick dip solution, then cut about 1" from the stem ends.
  • Use clean, non-metal buckets with a flower food solution.
  • Store in a cooler at 34-38° F with good airflow for at least two hours.
  • Adhere to a first-in/first-out rotation in the cooler.
2. Preparing Lisianthus for Display or Sale

When setting up Lisianthus for display:

  • Cut stems at a 45-degree angle to enhance water uptake.
  • Remove any leaves below the water line to inhibit bacterial growth.
  • Use a clean container with fresh water mixed with a floral preservative.
  • Place in moderate, indirect light to avoid quick dehydration.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance
  • Change the water regularly, keeping an eye out for any signs of distress.
  • Prune any wilting petals to encourage fresh growth and maintain appearance.
4. Packaging and Transportation
  • Choose packaging that supports stems and protects blooms.
  • Maintain a cool, humid environment during transport to reduce stress on the flowers.
5. Customer Care Tips

Educate your customers on Lisianthus care:

  • Provide care instructions emphasizing the importance of avoiding direct sunlight, changing water frequently, and using floral preservatives.
  • Offer advice for reviving flowers if they show signs of wilting.
Additional Care and Handling Tips for Lisianthus
  • Poor Opening: Causes of poor opening include ethylene sensitivity, product stored too long, or storing dry for long periods.
  • Color Fading: Improper use of flower food or exposure to intense light sources can cause colors to fade on the flowers.
  • Wet Storage: Studies show that wet storage improves vase life and bud development.

Properly caring for Lisianthus ensures these stunning flowers stay vibrant and beautiful from the moment they leave your store to their destination. With careful attention to hydration, temperature, and handling, you can extend the life and enjoyment of Lisianthus for your customers.

Mini Calla Lilies

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Pompons

Pompons, with their globe-shaped blooms and variety of colors, add a vibrant touch to any floral arrangement. As part of the diverse Asteraceae family, these flowers bring not only beauty but also longevity to bouquets and displays. Proper care and handling are essential to maximize their vase life and ensure they remain a delightful presence in any setting. Follow this guide from the moment the Pompons arrive until they reach the customer to maintain their beauty and health.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Pompons

Inspection: Immediately upon arrival, inspect Pompons for:

  • Signs of mechanical damage.
  • Symptoms of botrytis or other fungal infections, evident from brown spots or patches on the petals.
  • Evidence of dehydration or poor storage conditions, such as wilted or browning foliage.
  • Ensure the blooms are bright and open, as closed buds may not open after a prolonged period.

Hydration: Store flowers dry until they are needed for wet case display. When dry storing, maintain a temperature of 34-36°F. When ready to rehydrate Pompons, do the following:

  • Use a clean, sanitized bucket for hydration. Avoid using metal or galvanized containers.
  • Cut the stems 1-2 inches at an angle to facilitate water uptake.
  • Employ a hydration solution to encourage water flow through the stems.
  • Store in a floral cooler at 34-38°F with 75-85% relative humidity for at least two hours to stabilize them.
  • Practice first-in/first-out rotation to maintain freshness.
2. Preparing Pompons for Display or Sale
  • Trim stems at a 45-degree angle to enhance water absorption.
  • Remove any leaves that will fall below the waterline to reduce bacterial growth.
  • Use a clean container with fresh water mixed with a floral preservative.
  • Position in moderate, indirect light to prevent rapid dehydration.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance
  • Change the water regularly, maintaining a clean environment to extend vase life.
  • Watch for signs of stress or disease, such as discoloration or wilting.
  • Prune any wilted petals or leaves to keep the flowers looking fresh and encourage continued blooming.
4. Packaging and Transportation
  • Package Pompons carefully to avoid damage to the petals and stems.
  • Maintain a cool, humid environment during transport to reduce stress on the flowers.
5. Customer Care Tips
  • Provide customers with detailed care instructions, including the importance of regular water changes and using floral preservatives.
  • Advise keeping Pompons in a cool location away from direct sunlight.
  • Educate on the importance of trimming stems every few days to improve water uptake.

By following these detailed care and handling instructions, you can ensure that Pompons maintain their beauty and vitality from the store to the customer's destination. Proper attention to these guidelines will help these charming blooms reach their full potential in any floral arrangement or display.

Ranunculus

With their layered, delicate petals and a wide spectrum of colors, Ranunculus are a favored choice for bouquets and floral arrangements. Their unique charm requires precise care and handling to ensure their longevity and preserve their beauty. This guide outlines the necessary steps from their arrival to their delivery to the customer, guaranteeing their best possible condition.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Ranunculus

Inspection: Upon arrival, immediately examine your Ranunculus for:

  • Signs of mechanical damage.
  • Symptoms of dehydration, such as limpness or wilting, which may indicate a need for prompt hydration.
  • Any evidence of botrytis (gray mold) on petals, a common issue with Ranunculus.
  • Check for ethylene sensitivity symptoms, including premature petal drop or failure to open, ensuring your supplier has treated the flowers with an ethylene action inhibitor.

Hydration: Quickly hydrate Ranunculus to prevent further wilting.

  • If received dry-packed, trim about 1" from the stem ends and use a quick hydrating solution to facilitate water uptake.
  • Use a clean, non-metal container with high-quality water mixed with a flower food solution designed for Ranunculus.
  • Store them in a cooler at 34-38° F with 75-85% relative humidity for at least two hours, ensuring good air circulation.
  • Practice first-in/first-out rotation to maintain freshness.
2. Preparing Ranunculus for Display or Sale

For displaying or selling Ranunculus:

  • Trim the stems slightly at a 45-degree angle to enhance water absorption and avoid air embolisms.
  • Remove any leaves that fall below the waterline to inhibit bacterial growth.
  • Ensure the display container is clean and filled with fresh water and a floral preservative.
  • Place the Ranunculus in moderate, indirect light to prevent rapid dehydration.
  • Maintain the protective sleeve on the Ranunculus during initial hydration to support the delicate stems.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance
  • Regularly refresh the water and clean the containers to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Monitor for signs of pests, diseases, or ethylene damage and remove affected flowers.
  • Gently support the naturally bendy stems, which can be prone to breakage if not handled with care.
4. Packaging and Transportation
  • Use packaging that supports the delicate stems and blooms of Ranunculus, preventing damage during transport.
  • Keep Ranunculus cool and humid during transportation to reduce stress and dehydration risks.
5. Customer Care Tips

Offer your customers advice on Ranunculus care:

  • Recommend keeping Ranunculus in a cool place away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  • Advise regular water changes and the use of floral preservatives to extend vase life.
  • Inform them about the ethylene sensitivity of Ranunculus and advise keeping them away from fruits and vegetables that emit ethylene.
Special Considerations for Ranunculus
  • Ranunculus stems are hollow and particularly delicate; handling them upside down can minimize the risk of breakage.
  • Avoid wetting the blooms directly to prevent botrytis infection.
  • Their bendy nature is part of their charm; but handle them with care to avoid damage.
  • Ensure your supplier uses ethylene action inhibitors to protect the flowers from ethylene gas exposure.

Proper care and handling of Ranunculus are essential to maximize their vase life and ensure their beauty is preserved from the store to the customer's home or event venue. By following these guidelines, you ensure that these exquisite flowers remain a captivating addition to any arrangement or bouquet.

Scoop Scabiosa

Scoop Scabiosa has a unique charm and resilience that adds a touch of wild beauty to floral arrangements. This flower comes from various terrains, and despite its delicate appearance, it is surprisingly strong and resilient. Proper care and handling are essential to maximize vase life and ensure Scoop Scabiosa maintains its allure. Follow this guide from arrival to customer delivery to ensure optimal health and longevity.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Roses

Inspection: Upon arrival, inspect Scoop Scabiosa for:

  • Signs of ethylene damage such as poor opening, wilting, or leaf yellowing. Ensure an ethylene action inhibitor has been used.
  • Botrytis symptoms on leaves or florets, indicated by brown spots or patches
  • Physical damage or signs of aging, such as florets dropping prematurely.
  • Ensure shipping and storage conditions were within the recommended 34-38° F with adequate humidity.

Hydration: Immediately hydrate Scoop Scabiosa to prevent dehydration.

  • Use a clean bucket sanitized with a floral industry-approved cleaner and filled with a flower food solution.
  • For dry-packed flowers, cut 1-2 inches off the stems before hydrating.
  • Store in a cooler at 34-38° F, allowing at least 2 hours for initial hydration.
  • Rotate flowers on a first-in, first-out basis.
2. Preparing Scoop Scabiosa for Display or Sale
  • Trim stems at a 45-degree angle to enhance water uptake.
  • Remove any leaves that fall below the waterline to inhibit bacterial growth.
  • Use a clean container with fresh water and a floral preservative.
  • Position in moderate, indirect light to avoid rapid dehydration.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance
  • Regularly refresh the water and maintain an appropriate level in the container.
  • Monitor for pests, diseases, and any signs of distress.
  • Prune wilted florets and leaves to encourage fresh appearance and growth.
4. Packaging and Transportation
  • Utilize supportive packaging materials that safeguard the stems and florets.
  • During transportation, maintain a cool and humid environment to prevent stress.
5. Customer Care Tips
  • Offer clear care instructions with each purchase.
  • Provide troubleshooting advice for common problems, such as ethylene sensitivity.
  • Recommend keeping Scoop Scabiosa in a cool spot, changing the water frequently, and using floral preservatives for extended vase life.
Special Considerations for Scoop Scabiosa
  • Ethylene sensitivity varies among varieties; always ensure suppliers use ethylene inhibitors.
  • Avoid close packing and ensure good airflow around stems to prevent botrytis.
  • For optimal vase life, avoid prolonged dry storage and use a floral food solution.

By adhering to these care and handling practices, your Scoop Scabiosa will showcase its full beauty and longevity from your store to the customer's space.

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Statice

With its vibrant colors and lasting appeal, Statice is an excellent filler in bouquets and arrangements, enriching them with texture and hue. Statice is recognized for its long-lasting calyxes that outlive its flowers, making it a favorite for fresh and dried floral compositions. Follow this guide to maintain the beauty and longevity of Statice from arrival to delivery, ensuring they remain a captivating addition to any display.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Statice

Inspection: Upon receiving Statice, promptly inspect for any signs of stress or damage that may impact their quality. Things to check include:

  • Signs of dehydration or wilting.
  • Discoloration or spots on leaves and stems, indicating possible disease or pest issues.
  • Ensure there is no excessive condensation within the packaging, as this can promote the development of botrytis.

Hydration: It’s crucial to hydrate Statice immediately upon unpacking.

  • If arriving dry-packed, cut roughly 1 inch off the stems and apply an instant hydrating treatment.
  • Use a clean, non-metallic container filled with fresh, quality water mixed with a suitable flower food solution.
  • Cool storage is essential. Keep Statice at 34-38° F in a cooler with good air circulation for at least two hours before display or use.
  • Remember to practice FIFO (first in, first out) when storing Statice in the cooler.
2. Preparing Statice for Display or Sale

When ready to display or sell Statice:

  • Trim stems at an angle to improve water uptake.
  • Remove any foliage that will sit below the waterline to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Use clean vases or containers with fresh water and a floral preservative to keep Statice vibrant and healthy.
  • While Statice does not require guard petal removal, gently remove any damaged or discolored calyxes to maintain an appealing look.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance
  • Regularly check and change the water in display containers to keep Statice fresh.
  • Watch for any signs of disease or pests, removing affected parts promptly to prevent spread.
  • Adequate air circulation is critical to preventing mold and extending vase life.
4. Packaging and Transportation

Statice should be carefully packaged to minimize damage and stress during transport.

  • Use supportive materials that safeguard the stems and calyxes.
  • Maintain a cool, humid environment in transit to reduce the risk of dehydration and stress.
5. Customer Care Tips

Providing customers with care instructions for Statice can significantly enhance their satisfaction and the longevity of their flowers.

  • Encourage customers to keep Statice in a cool place, away from direct sunlight.
  • Advise on the importance of using floral preservatives and changing the water regularly.
  • Inform them about signs of aging or disease to watch for, ensuring their Statice remains beautiful for as long as possible.
Additional Care & Handling Tips:

Statice are prone to leaf and stem yellowing and botrytis infection. Keep these points in mind when unpacking and storing Statice:

  • Unpack boxes as soon as you receive them, especially sleeved ones. Letting bunches air out prevents condensation, which can cause flowers to rot and shatter.
  • To prevent molding, keep good air circulation by never overstuffing buckets.
  • Use transport sheets during transport.

Following these guidelines, you can effectively manage the care and handling of Statice. These tips will help you preserve their beauty and ensure they add a touch of elegance to every arrangement.

Stock

With their delightful clove-like scent and vibrant colors, Stock flowers offer a unique charm to any floral arrangement. Proper care and handling are essential to maintain their beauty and fragrance from arrival to delivery. This guide outlines the necessary steps to ensure Stock remains fresh and appealing.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Stock

Inspection: Immediately upon arrival, inspect Stock for any signs of stress or damage:

  • Check for any signs of fungus or diseases.
  • Ensure there are no signs of dehydration, yellowing foliage, or abscission (flower fall).
  • Look for translucent flowers and petals, indicating possible damage.
  • Confirm that the flowers have been treated with an ethylene action inhibitor to prevent premature wilting.
  • Check that stems have at least six open florets.

Hydration: It's crucial to hydrate Stock promptly to prevent wilting:

  • For dry-packed Stock, trim approximately 1" off the stem ends and use an instant hydrating treatment.
  • Use a clean, sanitized, non-metallic bucket with clean, high-quality water and a flower food solution.
  • Store the Stock in a cooler at 34-38°F with 80-90% humidity for at least two hours to ensure proper hydration. If flowers are limp or soft, keep them in the cooler for two to four hours.
  • Practice a first-in/first-out rotation in the cooler to maintain freshness.
2. Preparing Stock for Display or Sale
  • Trim stems at a 45-degree angle to improve water uptake.
  • Remove leaves that will be submerged to reduce bacterial growth.
  • Ensure containers are clean and filled with fresh water and a floral preservative.
  • Display Stock in moderate, indirect light to prevent dehydration.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance
  • Change the water regularly, ensuring it's always clean to prevent bacteria build-up.
  • Monitor for any signs of pests, diseases, or wilting, and remove affected parts promptly.
  • Keep the environment cool and maintain high humidity to mimic Stock's natural conditions.
4. Packaging and Transportation
  • Use materials that support the stems and protect the delicate flowers.
  • During transportation, maintain a cool and humid environment to minimize stress on the flowers.
5. Customer Care Tips

Educate your customers on how to care for Stock:

  • Include care instructions emphasizing the importance of cool temperatures and regular water changes.
  • Advise on using floral preservatives to extend the freshness of Stock.
  • Highlight the need for good airflow around the flowers to prevent mildew and ensure longevity.
Additional Tips for Stock:
  • Proper Airflow: Individual florets will deteriorate if Stock is stored too tightly.
  • Frequent Water Changes: Stock can easily mildew and tends to foul the water rapidly. This can impede water intake, so change the water solution frequently.
  • Ethylene Sensitivity: Stock is susceptible to ethylene damage and is a thirsty flower, so check water solution levels daily.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that Stock retains its beautiful appearance and delightful scent, bringing joy and fragrance to any setting.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers, with their broad faces and bright petals, symbolize the sun itself; they bring warmth and happiness wherever they're found. Proper care and handling are vital to maintain their vibrant colors and extend their vase life. This guide will assist you in managing Sunflowers from arrival to their final display, ensuring they remain a radiant addition to any space.

1. Receiving and Unpacking Sunflowers

Inspection: Immediately upon arrival, inspect Sunflowers for any signs of stress or damage:

  • Check for physical damage that could impair their appearance.
  • Look for any signs of wilting or abnormal opening, indicating dehydration or ethylene damage.
  • Inspect for brown spots or signs of botrytis, especially on the flower heads.
  • Heads should be half to three-quarters open and show color.
  • Note any excessive drooping, which could result from improper temperature or humidity control during transit.

Hydration: Quickly hydrating Sunflowers is crucial to revive them from transit stress.

  • If Sunflowers arrive dry-packed, trim approximately 1" from the stem ends and treat with an instant hydrating solution.
  • Use a clean, non-metallic container filled with fresh, cool water and a flower food solution designed for Sunflowers.
  • Store the Sunflowers in a cooler set at 34-38° F with a relative humidity of 75-85%.
  • Keep Sunflowers in the cooler for at least two hours to ensure proper hydration and maintain good airflow.
  • Adhere to a first-in/first-out rotation to keep Sunflowers fresh.
2. Preparing Sunflowers for Display or Sale

When readying Sunflowers for display, take the following steps:

  • Cut stems at a 45-degree angle to maximize water uptake and avoid stem blockages.
  • Remove any leaves that will be submerged to prevent bacterial growth.
  • To prolong sunflowers' lifespan, use clean containers or vases filled with fresh water and a floral preservative suited explicitly for them.
  • Position Sunflowers in moderate, indirect light to avoid rapid dehydration.
3. Ongoing Care and Maintenance
  • Regularly check and change the water in display containers, keeping them clean to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Watch for signs of pests or disease on the leaves and petals, addressing any issues promptly to maintain the health of the Sunflowers.
  • Trim any wilted petals or leaves to keep the flowers looking their best and encourage longer life.
4. Packaging and Transportation
  • Use supportive materials that prevent stem breakage and protect the delicate flower heads during transport.
  • Maintain a cool, humid environment for Sunflowers when in transit to minimize stress and dehydration,
5. Customer Care Tips

Educating customers on how to care for Sunflowers ensures they get the most enjoyment from their purchase:

  • Provide clear instructions on water changes, floral preservatives, and the ideal placement away from direct sunlight.
  • To enhance their overall experience, offer advice on how to deal with everyday issues, such as drooping heads or premature wilting.
Additional Care and Handling Tips
  • Poor Opening: A tight cut stage can cause poor opening of Sunflowers. If the heads are too closed, keep them in a floral solution at room temperature and allow them to open naturally.
  • Stem Blockages: Sunflowers can be prone to stem blockages. Recutting stems under water can prevent air embolisms and promote better water absorption.
  • Avoid Ethylene Exposure: Sunflowers are sensitive to ethylene gas, which can cause premature wilting. Keep them away from fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene.
  • Supporting Stems: For taller varieties, consider using stakes or supports to prevent stem bending, especially when displayed in tall vases.
  • Dirty Stems: Sunflowers are known for having dirty stems, so maintain good hygiene when handling and storing them.

Following these detailed guidelines ensures that Sunflowers maintain their sunny disposition and structural integrity from the moment they arrive until they brighten your customer's day.