Information about Cut Flower Care

Cut Flower Care

 

Why is cut flower care so important?

Cut flowers are perishable goods. Their life depends to a large extent on how they are treated. Whether as a bouquet or in a flower arrangement – cut flowers need care! The better the care, the longer a cut flower can last. Research has shown that when a customer buys a bouquet, it is the durability that is most important. Only a shelf life of 7 days minimum makes the purchase of a bouquet seem worthwhile.

 

What is part of the right care?

 

Cleanliness in the work area
Knives, scissors and vessels should always be clean and preferably disinfected. Dirty tools and containers promote the growth of bacteria and cause flowers to wilt more quickly!

Temperature
Low temperatures slow down the metabolism. Therefore, most flowers should be stored at 1°-3°C. Tropical species such as anthyrium, heliconia, strelitzien and orchids are the exception, they are sensitive to cold. The ideal temperature for the storage of tropical species is 13°-16°C.

Humidity
High humidity reduces water loss. The relative humidity in the flower cooler should be between 75% and 85%.

Quality of the water
Generally, tap water has a pH value between 6 and 9. The optimum pH value for cut flowers is 3 to 5, as there is hardly any formation of impurities in this environment.

Cutting of flower stems

The correct cutting of flower stems is immensely important
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Use of Floralife® products
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What are the costs of cut flower food?


Low costs – big impact:

As the calculation examples below show, the cost of Floralife® Clear Cut Flower Food is in most cases less than 1% of the total material cost per workpiece. (Floral materials, foam, accessories). A satisfied customer is priceless!!!

Summer bouquet UVP

Total material costs (plus working time) 28,00 €
Floral materials 27,87 €
Percentage of Floralife® Clear Cut Flower Food 0,13 €

 

Flower Wreath Present UVP

Total material costs (plus working time) 12,20 €
Floral materials + accessories 10,10 €
OASIS® ECObase® Ring 2,00 €
Percentage of Floralife® Clear 200 Cut Flower Food 0,10 €

 

Dosage of Cut Flower Food

A test carried out with “royalty roses” and “samantha roses” shows what effect incorrect dosage can have. The roses were placed in different dosed solutions, the table below shows the result.

The wrong dosage of cut flower food is more likely to cause damage. Overdosing does not lead to optimal results and causes unnecessary costs. A high underdosage (e.g. 25% of the recommended amount) even achieves a worse result than pure water. The correct dosage of cut flower food helps to reduce the flower waste and therefore saves costs and ensures satisfied customers.

 

Ideal dosage Floralife® Clear Cut Flower Food:

This applies to sachets/powder:
3.5 g for up to 0.5 liters of water
5 g for 0.5 liters of water
10 g for 1 liter of water
This applies to liquids:
Floralife® 100 and 200 Clear:
10 ml for 1 liter of water
Floralife® Ultra 200 Clear:
5 ml for 1 liter of water

 

 

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