Growers should treat anthuriums with a hydration product, especially if anthuriums are shipped dry pack. For a majority of growers, use Floralife’s HydraFlor® 100 hydrating treatment immediately after harvest and through grading. Treatment time will vary with temperature and storage conditions. Please contact Floralife to discuss your particular environment. Always use a Floralife Flower Food 300 orFloralife® 200 storage and transport treament products when storing and / or shipping anthuriums “wet” (i.e., in solution). Anti-transpirant sprays have been shown to be beneficial.
Ask: Variety name. Different varieties have different flower qualities. Learn the varieties that work best at your location.
Avoid: Flowers with purplish or blackening spathes, flowers with spots on spadix or those with blackened spadix.
Look For: Flowers with high gloss, bright colors, firm stems and spathes.
Unpack immediately. Recut stems, especially if flowers have been dry for an extended period and/or appear visibly wilted.
HydraFlor® 100 for 1/2 hour - 1 hour at room temperature, depending on variety. HydraFlor® 100 encourages water uptake and ensures proper hydration, so anthuriums quickly become firm and stems remain free flowing. This is especially important for very dehydrated anthuriums. Alternatively, treat with Quick Dip 100 instant hydrating treatment under normal conditions. This one second dip helps to increase water uptake for all flowers.
There are two Floralife 100 products to consider:
1.) HydraFlor® 100: A concentrate, generally recommended for maximum results, especially with hard-to-hydrate flowers like roses. The treatment is usually for one half hour at room temperature.
2.) Quick Dip 100: A ready-to-use version which requires no mixing or measuring. This quick one second dip may be more suitable for use in retail flower shops.
Use fresh flower food at the recommended rate: Use Flower Food 300, 200, Clear 200, or Clear ULTRA 200 storage and transport treatments, or depending on water test results, Special Blend 300 for Hard Water or for Pure Water.
To have water tested, send a plastic quart bottle of your water to:
Floralife | 751 Thunderbolt Drive | Walterboro, SC 29488 | Attn: Laboratory.
Hold flowers at room temperature for 1 - 2 hours (2 - 4 hours if flowers are limp or exhibiting bent neck) prior to storage in cooler or designing. As a finishing touch to any floral design, spray Finishing Touch hydration and protection spray over entire arrangement.
Place Anthurium in a 55 - 60˚ F cooler with 80 - 90% humidity or hold at room temperature.
Use D.C.D.® Cleaner Solution to clean buckets, vases, coolers, etc. D.C.D.® is specifically formulated to kill microbes over an extended period.
Always give a packet of a Floralife Flower Food with your designs. One liter packets treat one quart of water.
Limp, lose gloss quickly
Can be caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures and low humidity. Avoid prolonged periods out of water hold at 55 - 60˚ F. NOTE: There are conflicting reports that resoaking every 2 - 3 days and daily misting mimics the warm, natural environment and encourages longer life. There is no definite data to support this. However, these techniques may be beneficial if flowers are displayed in a warm, dry area and should be tested in the individual location.
Blueing / Blackening
May be due to exposure to chilling temperatures (below 55˚ F), bruising or old flowers. Check on product age and storage conditions.