FAQs




1. A:  Maintaining sanitation and keeping flowers and foliage disease–free are vital aspects for cut flower freshness and quality. Gray mold, caused by the fungus Botrytis, is a major postharvest disease in flowers, especially roses. This is a major contributor to the loss of flower freshness and longevity. Its fungal spores are usually already in flowers at the grower level where they are initially packaged. Use of Floralife® Transport Paper helps reduce the spread of pathogens during shipment. The treatment takes effect during the time of shipment to the customer.

 

2. A: The most common size flower “half” box (40”L x 10”W x 8”H), requires two of the 40”x10” sheets. Place the first paper flat side down on the bottom of the box, printed side up. Then place the flowers into the box as usual. Place the second paper on the top of the flower bunches, print side up, just prior to closing the box top. Avoid placement where the paper is directly touching the flower heads. To determine the sheet requirement for smaller or larger size flower boxes, first measure the cubic feet of the shipping carton. One sheet per cubic foot, or 0.0283m³, is recommended. Select the number appropriate to your usage, as too many sheets may cause damage to the flowers.

 

3. A: The paper will release a chlorine dioxide gas when activated through levels of relative humidity above 40% that builds up in the flower box.

 

4. A: It is not necessary to add moisture or any form of liquid into the box to activate the compound.

 

5. A:  As with all products, consult the label for proper disposal. With this specific product remove and discard sheet in trash after final transportation.

 

6. A: The product has broad-spectrum properties, so it is possible that it will reduce the spread of other pathogens as well. Floralife has only tested this product for one type of pathogen.

 

7. A: To determine the sheet requirement for smaller or larger size flower boxes, first measure the cubic feet of the shipping carton. One sheet per cubic foot, or 0.0283m³, is recommended. Select the number appropriate to your usage, as too many sheets may cause damage to the flowers.

 

8. A: Place the paper so it doesn’t directly touch the flower heads, otherwise it might result in some damage on sensitive flowers.

 

9. A: Flower petals, leaves and stems can all be affected. Visual signs of infection first appear as patches which are browning, the infected tissue quickly dies, then results in severe loss in flower quality. When environmental conditions are conducive, at high humidity and temperature, spores grow and spread the disease.

 

10. A: Yes, Floralife® Transport Paper comes in a moisture barrier resealable bag containing individual sheets of treated tissue paper. Open the bag and take out only the number of sheets you will need in order to treat the number of boxes and appropriate quantity at one time. Close the remaining paper inside the resealable bag to keep it from exposure to moisture and usable at a later date.