Recommended stage of harvest is at the ‘pencil tip’ stage when a line of color projects out of the sheathing leaves. Use Floralife HydraFlor® 100 hydrating treatment for cut flowers for ½ hour immediately after harvest and then transfer flowers into a properly mixed solution of Floralife® 200 storage and transport treatment or Floralife® Flower Food 300.
Wholesaler / Retailer Recommendations
Ask: Variety name. Different varieties have different flower qualities. Learn the varieties that work best at your location.
Avoid: Flowers with brown petal tips and unopened flowers that feel soft.
Look for: Flowers in the ‘pencil’ stage, showing color or just starting to open.
Unpack immediately so product is not allowed to dry out. Remove foliage below solution level. Recut stems. Remove lower foliage.
Use Floralife’s Hydraflor® 100 hydration pretreatment for to promote water uptake and hydration. This treatment will help increase bud opening and decrease flower wilting and bent neck, and also keeps flower stems free flowing.
There are two Floralife® hydration products to consider:
1. Hydraflor® 100 pretreatment: 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 pretreatment: A ready-to-use version thtat requires no mixing or measuring. This quick one second dip may be more suitable to 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 if you want them to open soon, prior to storage in cooler or designing. As a finishing touch to any floral design, spray Floralife® Finishing Touch hydration and protection spray.
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 Floralfe® Flower Food with your designs. One liter packets treat one quart of water.
Ethylene Sensitivity: Low ethylene sensitivity.
Vase life: 3 to 10 days.
Storage Temperature: 34 - 36˚ F cooler / 75 - 85% humidity.
Can be due to production conditions, old product, improper storage conditions, or extended period out of solution. Check on previous handling conditions and age of product. Do not allow Iris to dry out and utilize Floralife® Bulb Food.
Buds fail to open
May be due to insufficient solution uptake. Recut stems under water, use Hydraflor® 100 followed by a holding solution of a properly mixed Floralife® Bulb Food.
Drying out of flowers and foliage
Can be due to improper storage or extended period out of solution. Make sure flowers are not kept dry for long periods. Hold in high humidity (75 - 80%).