A Connecticut blogger reports the first sighting of spring flowers in his garden – a patch of crocuses bursting through the weathered mulch. He eagerly anticipates the daffodils that will soon follow. If you had lived through this winter in the Northeast, you would be excited to see spring flowers, too. So, what can we expect?
Easter is upon us. If you are a floral professional, you have been gearing your business toward Easter flowers since the dust settled on Valentine’s Day. Your retail space is teeming with Tulips, Chrysanthemums, Hyacinths, Daffodils, Azaleas, Daisies and, of course, Easter Lilies – all in preparation for North America’s 4th-biggest floral holiday of the year.
In the floriculture business, globalization continues and competition is getting even fiercer. Columbia has solid market share in America, and is now reaching out to Japan. Africa is strong in Europe, and now reaches out to America. India and China are coming on strong. With this many resources, you sometimes wonder, “Where do my flowers come from?”
To really enjoy your cut flowers, it is always a good idea to mix a solution of flower food and water to be used in your vase or arrangement. The strength of that solution matters – too strong or too weak will harm your flowers. For best results, you need to be sure you mix the proper dose.
A dramatic statement but, when it comes to cut flowers, it’s true. Ethylene is a naturally occurring plant hormone, one of many that regulate flower production, leaf fall and flower death. It has a major effect on shortening vase life and, for the grower and retailer, cuts into profits.