Spring Flowers Beat Winter Blahs

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crocusA 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?

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Country of Origin: Where do Flowers Come From?

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300In 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?”

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Ethylene is a Killer!

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ethylA 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.

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Cut Flower Temperature is Key

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tempcheckCut flowers are an attractive, but time-sensitive pleasure. The journey from harvest to home – and the conditions during that trek – are a big factor in how short-lived that pleasure is. For the floral professional, every bloom that falls by the wayside represents PROFIT. What’s a good way to help ensure a profitable outcome?

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Floralife Blog: Let’s Start the Conversation!

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We have a passion for fresh cut flowers and we know you do too. Let’s engage in conversation on best practices of flower care and handling, hydration, cut flower preparation, flower trends, where flowers come from, locally grown, and natural resource conservation. Join us on our journey and follow the flowers!   Read more