Caring for Cut Flowers
Many florists and consumers still believe in old myths such as burning, bashing or boiling stems and adding aspirin to vase water. Scientific trials now show that such methods rarely help and some are actually damaging. Caring for Cut Flowers shows florists and growers how to make cut flowers last longer. While proper postharvest techniques will not magically transform poor quality flowers into first class material, a few basic, inexpensive techniques can maximise the vase life of good quality material. Rod Jones outlines in simple terms what to look for when buying and provides specific care instructions on what to do and what to avoid in handling, storing and displaying more than 100 common flowers, including Australian natives.
Alstroemeria Avoid bunches Botanical name branches with sharp Break open bunches bunches and cut bunches with yellow Buy bunches Buy when flowers chlorine clean water cm off stems cold water Common name cool water treated coolroom cut flowers damage Ethylene Not sensitive Ethylene Sensitive Ethylene Very sensitive Extra tips florets florists flower drop flower preservative flower stems flower-head flowers are open foam foliage Food Preservative fully open fungal Gerbera germicide growers help buds develop help maintain open immediately in cool Lily look for Buy maintain open flowers open flowers last petals Place immediately place in cold Place in water Preservative is essential preservative will help Recut 2 cm Recut stems Roses sharp secateurs sign of yellowing solution species stem ends stem with sharp stems and strip Stirlingia strip any leaves strip leaves sugar Tulips underwater and wash wash stems Water Break open water daily Water Recut wilted yellow leaves