Across the flower chain there are growers, transporters and retailers who would like grow their knowledge, make new contacts and explore new opportunities. The same goes for floral executives, researchers and suppliers, as well. If only there was a program to help foster floral industry connections. Well, there is. It’s called Floralife Connections.
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?
Earth Day celebrated its 45th birthday this week. Without delving into the politics of the issue, most people agree that resources on our fair planet are limited. We need to be responsible when it comes to using and managing these resources. Promoting Sustainability is the cause these days, and Floralife is proud to pitch in.
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.
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?