Cut Flower Care and Handling: Stock Flower

stock flowerFloralife has expanded the Flower Care and Handling section of our website to offer a bunch of useful tips for the postharvest processing of many different varieties of cut flowers. Grower, wholesaler, retailer, enthusiast – there’s something for everybody. Let’s go down the list! Today’s star is Stock Flower!

Stock Flower, also known as Virginia Stock or Gillyflower, is native to the Mediterranean. This delicate, cross-shaped flower comes in a variety of colors including white, cream, yellow, peach, lavender, pink, purple and burgundy.

As always, Floralife has some practical Stock Flower care and handling tips for the grower, the wholesaler and the retailer. Here is a preview.

For the Grower, a reminder that Stock Flower is ethylene sensitive, and a suggestion to treat with Floralife products such as EthylBloc Technology or EthylGuard 100. Also, be sure to hydrate right away with Hydraflor® 100 hydrating treatment for one hour, then transfer your Stock Flower to one of our storage and transport solutions such as Floralife® 200. More details at the original article.

For The Wholesaler and Retailer, some buying do’s and don’ts. Among other things, ask if the Stock Flower has been treated with ethylene inhibitor, and if they have been stored wet or dry. Also, look out for leaf yellowing, and avoid those stems.

As always, Process the Stock Flower by removing any foliage below the solution level and recut the stems. Pretreat them with a solution of EthylBloc Technology, and begin nourishing them in a Holding Solution of fresh flower food. This may include Floralife products such as Flower Food 300, Floralife® 200 or Floralife® Clear 200, Floralife® Clear ULTRA 200 or Special Blend 300 storage treatment solutions.

That’s your preview of Floralife’s Stock Flower Care and Handling article. There is a lot more at the original piece, including discussion on vase life, ethylene sensitivity, storage temperature tips and troubleshooting advice, so check it out! Are you a Stock Flower fan? Tell us all about it in the comments section!