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.
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.
Cut 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?