Stock Flowers

"lasting beauty and promptness"

Known as Virginia Stock and Gillyflower



Matthiola incana, Malcolmia maritima


white, cream, yellow, peach, lavender, pink, purple and burgundy



Grower Recommendations

Stock are ethylene sensitive. They benefit from an ethylene-action inhibitor such as EthylBloc Technology. To protect flowers from ethylene damage, treat them as soon as possible after harvest. After cutting, place flower stems in a solution of Hydraflor® 100 hydrating treatment for one hour (or up to overnight at 34 - 36˚ F). Transfer stems to a solution of one of Floralife® 200 storage and transport products. Contact Floralife for specifics.

Wholesaler/Retailer Recommendations

Buying Tips:

Ask: Has product been pretreated with an anti-ethylene-action inhibitor product, such as EthylBloc® Technology? What is the source of the product? What is the cultivar name? Has the product been stored dry or wet?

Do not buy flowers that have leaf yellowing. Buy stems that have at least 6 open florets.

Processing:  Remove foliage below solution level. Recut stems.


Even if the stock has been treated with an anti-ethylene product such as EthylBloc Technology, treat them again as soon as possible. Use one of Floralife’s Flower Foods (see Holding Solution) to promote water uptake and hydration. This treatment will help increase bud opening, decrease flower wilting and fresh flower food keeps flower stems free flowing.

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.  

As a finishing touch to any floral design, spray Floralife® Finishing Touch hydration and protection spray over entire project. 

Ethylene Sensitivity:  Medium

Vase Life: 5 to 8 days.


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® Flower Food with your designs. One liter packets treat one quart of water.


Problem Reason/Solution

Yellowing foliage

Can be due to variety selection, grower practice or improper storage. 

Grow or purchase those that do not turn yellow as easily.

Abscission (flower fall), translucent flowers and petals

Make sure an ethylene-action inhibitor pretreatment is performed and that one of Floralife’s flower foods is used. Change varieties if the problem continues.

Do not know if flowers were treated with an ethylene-action inhibitor product and / or treated properly

Use the Floralife “Apple Test” to check for proper anti-ethylene treatment.

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