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What are the best cut flower care rules for florists?

Mixed bouquet at florist
  • Purchase flowers of sufficient maturity and quality.
  • Pay attention to the quality of the stem; check for sturdiness, colour and the absence of damage.
  • Remove wilted or damaged flowers and flowers with Botrytis.
  • Do not spray water on buds and flowers as this increases the chance of fungal growth (Botrytis).
  • Do not use metal or antique crystal vases or containers; if you do, use an acid resistant liner.
  • Do not use unprotected or contaminated organic binding material.
  • Refrain from damaging the stems, this includes the thorns, which should only be removed if absolutely necessary.
  • Cut at least 2 cm off the stem; 5-10 cm is better.
  • Cut the stems with a sharp knife or secateurs at an angle to prevent damaging or flattening of the stem.
  • Place all the flowers in clean containers in a freshly prepared solution of Chrysal Professional 2 and ideally allow to stand for 24 hours prior to selling.
  • Where the journey to your shop has taken it's toll on your stock, give the flowers a chance to re-hydrate whilst still in their packaging in a solution of Chrysal Professional 2, but in a cool, dark place for several hours..
  • Always attach flower food to your finished bouquet and provide your customer the relevant advice about caring for their flowers.
  • Add a speciality food, if available, for specific flowers and ideally provide a second sachet/liquid stick for topping up so that your customer can enjoy their flowers as long as possible.

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