Stock is a beautiful scented flower with long straight spikes with uniform flowers. It is available year-round in white, lavender, yellow, pink, peach, and shades of purple. Stocks have single or double flowers with a 1-inch (2.5 cm) diameter and a pleasing clove-like scent.
Species: Matthiola incana
Symbolizes: Lasting beauty, happy life and contented existence.
Also Known As: Gilly flower, Virginia stock
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38 F (1-3 C)
Water: Medium water quality. Avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 5-10 days
What to Look for When Purchasing
Harvested when about 6 florets are open. Avoid spikes with yellow leaves, discolored or infected florets.
Performs well if hydrated enough.
The romantic beauty of this flower brings texture to garden designs, and its sweet, spicy fragrance is an added attraction heightened by the aroma therapy fad. The clove-like scent is a strong selling point with consumers. Suited to both vase and foam, Stock adds mass and texture to designs at a relatively inexpensive price. Stock isn’t just for traditional, romantic arrangements either. It has plenty of applicability to other settings. Stock is ideal for the trend toward single variety bouquets. Several stems of Stock in a vase will make a singular color statement to complement a home. Excellent for Spring themes such as Easter, Secretary's Week and Mother's Day.
Medium to high. Symptoms include accelerated senescence, water soaked appearance of petals and downward curling of the leaves.
Pest & Disease Information
Susceptible to botrytis. Recommended to treat with anti-botrytis agent before transport and storage. Maintain proper sanitation with bucket and vase solution.
Ethylene damage which result in accelerated senescence, water soaking of petals and epinasty (downward curling of the leaves). Treatment with and ethylene action inhibitor or STS is recommended. Leaf yellowing which is due to improper growing conditions or improper handling during storage and transport. This flower must have air around it. If Stock is massed too tightly, individual florets will deteriorate. Stock is susceptible to mildew. Stock tends to foul the water rapidly and bacteria can impede water uptake. Change the water solution frequently. Stock is a thirsty flower. Check solution levels daily.
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