Scabiosa's unique texture and eye-catching shape make it one of the most distinctive cut flowers available. Scabiosa is extremely versatile. It can be used in mixed arrangements as an accent or cluster of color or make a statement as a stand-alone bunch in a vase. Scabiosa are available in a wide range of eye-catching colors such as red, purple, lavender, pink, blue, and white. Scabiosa is a flower that requires special attention, but with the right care and handling tips will give your designs a beautiful, natural touch.
Problems & Solutions
A flower that actually produces high amounts of ethylene, Scabiosa is highly sensitive to ethylene. Effects of ethylene include floret shattering, poor opening, premature wilting, and leaf yellowing. To safeguard Scabiosa against exposure to ethylene, use an ethylene action-inhibitor product such as EthylBloc™ during storage and transportation, or FloraLife® EthylGuard* at farm level.
Susceptible to Botrytis
Botrytis can develop on leaves, flowers, and stems if packed too tightly. Be sure not to over pack boxes leaving space for good airflow and to avoid mechanical damage as damaged tissue is an entrance for botrytis. Avoid getting water on blooms.
Stems and leaves are extremely delicate. Be sure to pack and un-pack carefully to avoid damage.
Not Tolerant of Prolonged Storage
Avoid prolonged periods of dry storage. If you need to store flowers, process into FloraLife® Express Clear ULTRA 200 and store in the flower cooler at 34-38°F, 1-3°C.
Need to Know: Scabiosa Helpful Hints
Properly Dosed and Mixed Flower Food: The Benefits
- Helps blooms fully open
- Helps Scabiosa stay hydrated & avoid wilting
- Longer vase life
- Results in better color development & retention
Keep them Fresh!
- Recommended pre-treatment: use an ethylene action-inhibitor product such as EthylBloc™ during storage and transportation, or FloraLife® EthylGuard* at farm level. Use FloraLife® Express Clear 100 to hydrate.
- Recommended flower food solution for storage/transport: FloraLife® Express Clear ULTRA 200.
- When processing, choose stems with heads showing color and the first whorl of florets starting to open. Be sure to un-pack carefully to avoid mechanical damage. Look for damaged or yellow stems or leaves. Be sure to remove all leaves that would be below the water level. If you aren't using FloraLife® Express technology, you'll want to re-cut stems. Check water levels daily, if water levels become low, you should repeat your processing steps replenishing with a freshly made flower food solution like FloraLife® Express 300.
- Recommended flower food solution for end consumers: FloraLife® Express Universal 300 or FloraLife Crystal Clear® packets.
- Shipping storage/transport: Use FloraLife® Transport Paper*.
- Avoid prolonged periods of dry storage/transport – best to store and ship wet.
- Cooler / Storage temperature should be 34-38°F, 1-3°C
- Scabiosa has an average vase life of 3-7 days.
- Scabiosa can be mixed with other flowers without any negative or harmful effects.
- Opening speed is slow but opens faster in warmer ambient temperatures.
- Scabiosa can be used as a focal or accent flower, adding a wild and delicate touch to natural bouquets. If designing in foam be sure foam is fully saturated prior to using flower food solution, use OASIS® Springtime for easier stem insertion. Hydrate stems overnight prior to designing for best results. Cut stems at a sharp angle before inserting into foam checking daily to be sure flowers stay hydrated.
- Use FloraLife® Finishing Touch spray once designs are complete to keep blooms fresh and hydrated.
- FIFO (First In First Out) inventory rotation is always our recommendation. Scabiosa requires additional attention, you should use an anti-ethylene treatment and do not store for more than 5 days.
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