After cutting, place gerbera stems in a solution of HydraFlor® 100 hydrating treatment for 1 hr. (or up to overnight at 34 - 38˚ F). Transfer stems to a solution of one of the Floralife® 200 formulas for storage. Please contact Floralife for specifics.
Ask: Variety name. Different varieties have different flower qualities. Learn the varieties that work best at your location.
Avoid: Flowers with limp stems and/or petals, brown stem tips, brown centers, more than half pollen shed in center; stems that are soft / slimy in lower half inch.
Look for: Firm, straight stems and firm petals; approximately 2 rows of anthers exhibiting pollen.
Unpack immediately to prevent wilting. Remove foliage below water level. Recut stems.
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 Hydrating Treatment: 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 Instant Hydrating Treatment: 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 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 gerbera in a 34 - 38˚ F cooler with 80 - 90% humidity. There is research that suggests that some varieties may be 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.
Always give a packet of a Floralife® Flower Food with your designs. One liter packets treat one quart of water.