Mixing flower food solution – you do it every day. Have you ever put the food in the bucket, turned on the faucet, and wondered about all those bubbles that form in that churning water? Then the following illustration, as seen in the latest edition of Floriology, is for you!
We’ve all taken a bubble bath at some point. Many of us do so quite often to pamper and spoil ourselves. The most important ingredient in a bubble bath is, of course… the bubbles! There are a gazillion and one types of lotions and potions available for bubbles. Some create tons of foam, others hardly any at all. What is true of all bubble bath solutions is they are at their grandest when first mixed with water. The more the water churns the more foam is made.
Flower foods in some way work on this same principal. Different flower foods contain different ingredients and depending on their composition, physical and chemical properties of the solution, after mixing with water the results can be quite different. The presence of foam on the surface of the water after mixing doesn’t mean it isn’t working, on the contrary! Some of the best performing flower foods tend to foam the most.
The Express line of flower food products from Floralife® is one of those flower foods that tends to foam but that’s just inherent to the product’s composition. What can you do to minimize foam and get on with your flower processing day?
- Always follow dosing instructions listed on the flower food packaging.
- Reduce the water pressure output to minimize the agitation that creates foam.
- When filling buckets, place hose below the water level to reduce surface agitation.
- Fill containers 30 minutes prior to processing; foam typically dissipates in that time.
The most important step you can take to make your flowers last the longest is to use flower food. Foam on top of your water is a great indicator that your flower food is hard at work. So come on flowers, the water is fine! Jump on in!
And for those of us who prefer our information in cartoon form, please enjoy the following animated explainer on YouTube. It’s Flower Food for Thought®!