Depending on their place of origin, your cut flowers have already lived a good portion of their lives by the time they make it to the mantle or dining table. So, when you display your lovely arrangement, the clock is ticking. Which flowers last longest, and which grace us with their beauty for only a short time? Let’s take a look!
They say that timing is everything. It’s true in life and it’s especially true when it comes to harvesting flowers. Harvest too late, and you can reduce vase life. Harvest too soon, and you have an immature flower that hasn’t had sufficient time to develop, and may never properly bloom. So, how do you know when to harvest flowers?
“Floralife knows that proper care and handling will give you the freshest, healthiest and longest lasting cut flowers.” That’s the opening line of each of Floralife’s recent care and handling videos on YouTube. These videos provide good, basic information on floral care and handling, as well as useful Floralife products to help you get the job done.
In 1971, 1.3 billion flowers were sold in the US annually. Of those, 1.2 billion were homegrown. Today, sales are 2.1 billion, with 2 billion of those coming from suppliers such as Colombia and Ecuador. Labor costs and globalization played a part, certainly, but another major development contributed to this shift: the Cold Chain.
You know it when you see it: a lovely rose or gerbera hanging its head in shame, its stem resembling a shepherd’s hook. Bent neck is a problem that has its roots in the postharvest chain, but often doesn’t show up until the bouquet is proudly displayed in the home. Today, let’s look at the causes and treatment of bent neck.