Blooms can change the aroma of day!
In the past few months, life for most of us has changed. The surroundings are the same, days are lost, and socializing is discouraged.
Staying in one place can make some nose blind. Many times the change in the scent of an environment can change the attitudes of the surrounds. One can change the atmosphere often by changing the floral scent.
Blooms from the garden, grocery store, or floral shop can change the aroma of the environment. Different flowers have different aromas. Some aromas are soft and subtle, such as roses. Other aromas are strong, such as Stargazer Lilies. The scent of fresh flowers can last for weeks.
Wholesalers import supplies for florists.
Flower arrangements are a significant business in our cultures. There are many sources for these products.
Wholesale florists sell bulk flowers and supplies to professionals in the floral trade. A local wholesaler has suppliers from many different vendors. It is possible to pick from more than one vendor.
You need to visit your local florist and see the creations they have produced with supplies from their wholesalers.
Roses are very plentiful, and in various stages.
Roses are available in many venues. They are also in different stages in the life of a bloom. Becoming aware of the different stages of a rose bloom can add longevity to an arrangement.
Roses can be cut in the early bloom stage. This occurs when the bud is tight and the center is very firm. When this occurs, occasionally the bud will not open. In a slightly later stage, the outer petals of the bloom begin to open with the center of the bloom is still firm.
As the rose begins to mature, the petals will open fuller. How fast the bloom opens depends on the conditions of it’s surroundings. Rose arrangements placed in direct sunlight, heat vents, or on heated surfaces will open faster. Arrangements do best in cooler environments, away from direct sunlight.
Cutting Flower Stems underwater adds life to the bloom!
The stem of a flower is the lifeline to a bloom. Cutting underwater allows water to enter the stem instead of air. Research has shown that cutting flower stems underwater can significantly increase the life of the bloom of a flower.
I begin processing fresh flowers by filling a clean sink with warm water. Add floral preservative to the warm water. Remove any leaves on the stems that may be below the water surface. This helps keep the water clean and fresh.
Place the stems of the flowers in the warm water. Using pruning shears or scissors, cut the stems underwater about 1” from the end of the stem. It is best to cut the stem at a 45-degree angle, this allows the most exposure of the surface.
After cutting, place the flowers in a clean container of warm water with floral preservative. Allow the flowers to remain in a warm place for 2-3 hours or overnight to absorb water.
Placing flowers in a cooler is always helpful. Remember, ethylene gas is harmful to fresh flowers. This gas can be found around produce, especially citrus fruits and lettuce. Flowers like cooler temperatures, around 65 – 70 degrees. Changing the water of the container and re-cutting the stems after 3-4 days will increase the life of your fresh cut flowers.
Fresh flowers with the beer or with produce – Where do they last longer?
When fresh flowers were introduced in the grocery stores in the 1970’s, they were placed in the produce department. That is where the grocers positioned them. Cooler units were filled with fragrance and color. No one told them. They are cutting the shelf life of the flowers in half.
Fresh cut flowers are processed and displayed in containers of cold water. This water is usually treated with a flower preservative and at a temperature of about 37 degrees Fahrenheit. The flowers get their nutrients from this water.
Produce and citrus fruits give off ethylene gas. This natural gas is produced in the ripening process of the fruits and vegetables. Ethylene gas is actually a plant hormone that regulates a plant’s growth and development. This can significantly cause fresh cut flowers to mature quicker, cutting the longevity of the blooms. Citrus fruits and lettuce produce higher amounts of this gas.
Recently, I visited a new grocery store. In one corner was a cooler the size of a room, filled with beer displays. All of the bottles and boxes are sealed. This would be an optimum place to display fresh flowers
The air around the flowers in the produce department contain a gas, but the air in a beer cooler does not.