It’s happened to all of us. It’s the dead heat of summer and the air conditioner dies. We don’t mean like oops there was a power surge and it kicks back on, no this is a full-on air-conditioning meltdown. You are hot… your brow begins to glisten and then gives way to a full-on sweat. You’ve stripped down to the bare minimum clothing, and you are drinking water like a fish to try to stay hydrated. You are taking every measure possible to stay cool. Flowers are exactly the same!
When conditions are extreme, especially heat, flowers will like people begin to increase respiration at a much faster rate. The need for water intake and continued water intake in order to maintain temperature and not “dry out” will be increased immensely. Always the best course of action with cut flowers is to maintain constant temperature and avoid extreme heat, cold or drafts. Should you experience a spike in temperature be sure to check water/solution levels in vases and buckets as well as condensation that may have developed on the inside of sleeves. Sleeves with condensation should be removed or changed immediately to avoid botrytis or other complications.