Known as Star flowers




Bouvardia longiflora, Bouvardia leiantha, Bouvardia ternifolia


white, yellow, pink, salmon, and red


Central America, Mexico

Grower Recommendations

Bouvardia are ethylene sensitive and benefit from an anti-ethylene treatment such as EthylBloc Technology. To protect flowers from ethylene damage, treat them as soon as possible after harvest. After cutting, place Bouvardia stems in a solution of HydraFlor® 100 for 1 hr. (or up to overnight at 34 - 38˚ F). Transfer stems to a solution of one of the 200 storage and transport treatments. Please contact Floralife for specifics.

Wholesaler/Retailer Recommendations

Buying Tips:

Ask: Has product been pretreated with a commercial anti-ethylene product, such as EthylBloc or EthylGuard? What is the source of the product? What is the cultivar name? Has the product been stored dry or wet?


Remove foliage below water level. Recut stems.


If the Bouvardia have not been treated with an anti-ethylene product, treat them as soon as possible with EthylBloc. Or if Bouvardia have been treated with an anti-ethylene product, use HydraFlor® 100 to promote water uptake and hydration. This treatment will help increase bud opening and decrease flower wilting. It also keeps flower stems free flowing.

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.

Holding Solution:

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 project.


Place Bouvardia in a 45 - 55˚ F cooler with 80 - 90% humidity. Bouvardia are chill sensitive.



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.

Customer Satisfaction:

Always give a packet of a Floralife Fresh Flower Food with your designs. One liter packets treat one quart of water.


Problem Reason/Solution

Flowers and leaves are limp 

Can be due to extended period out of water, exposure to high temperatures, or low relative humidity. Bouvardia are in general very wilt sensitive, hydration solutions will be very beneficial. Process immediately upon arrival; make sure all stems are recut under water, use one of Floralife’s Fresh Flower Foods and store under proper refrigeration (45 - 55˚ F and 80 - 90% relative humidity).

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