Recommended stage of harvest is when 20 - 30% of flowers are open. Gypsophila are ethylene sensitive and benefit from an anti-ethylene treatment such as EthylBloc® Technology. Treat flowers with an anti-ethylene product as soon as possible after harvest. Treat with HydraFlor® 100 hydrating treatment for ½ hour to increase solution uptake and keep flowers free of stem plugging microorganisms. After cutting, place flower stems in a solution of HydraFlor® 100 hydrating treatment for 1 hour (or up to overnight at 34 - 38˚ F). Transfer stems to a solution of one of the Floralife® 200 storage and treatment products. Please contact Floralife for specifics.
Ask: Has product been pretreated with a commercial anti-ethylene product? Use the Floralife Apple Test to make certain the product has been treated correctly. Work with grower and wholesaler to ensure flowers are treated with an anti-ethylene product.
Avoid: Stems with abundance of brown or shriveled flowers; stems that are black or slimy in lower portion; stems with no flowers fully open.
Look for: Stems with two thirds of the flowers open; flowers that have been properly precooled at grower/shipper level.
Remove foliage below solution level. Recut stems.
If gypsophila have not been treated with an anti-ethylene product, such as EthylBloc™ Technology, treat them as soon as possible. Or if gypsophila have been treated with an anti-ethylene product, use one of Floralife’s hydration products to promote solution uptake and hydration. This treatment will help increase bud opening, decrease flower wilting and bent neck and also helps keep flower stems free flowing.
There are two Floralife® hydration 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. Floralife® Quick Dip 100 instant hydrating treatment: A ready-to-use version that requires no mixing or measuring. This quick one second dip may be more suitable to retail flower shops.
Use fresh flower food at recommended rate: Use a Floralife® Flower Food 300 or a Floralife® 200 storage and transport treatment. To have water tested, send a plastic quart bottle of your water to Floralife, 751 Thunderbolt Drive, Walterboro, SC, 29488,
Hold flowers at room temperature for 1 - 2 hours (2 - 4 hours or longer if trying to encourage bud opening). As a finishing touch to any floral design, spray Floralife® Finishing Touch hydration and protection spray over entire project.
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.
Ethylene Sensitivity: Flowers are highly ethylene sensitive.
Vase Life: 3 to 10 days depending on the cultivar, cut stage and the use of flower food.
Storage temperature: 34 - 36˚ F cooler with a 75 - 85% humidity.
Excessive brown flowers
May be due to exposure to ethylene, disease development, or old product. Check on product harvest date and shipping/ storage conditions. Make sure anti-ethylene treatment was performed and there is good air circulation around the flowers.
Failure of remaining florets to open
Can be caused by exposure to dry conditions, extended period out of water, or clogged stems. Make sure to hold in high humidity conditions. Recut stems under clean water, use Floralife® Quick Dip 100 instant hydrating treatment or HydraFlor® 100 hydrating treatment, followed by a holding solution of a properly mixed Floralife® Flower Food.