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How to process and revive Hellebore

How to process and revive Hellebore 0

If you've ever tried to revive helleborus flowers you know that a wilted hellebore is one of the trickiest things to deal with. When a florist buys wholesale helleborus they expect it to be cut at the right stage. Learn more about conditioning cut hellebore in this article, written by Casey Wagner from Going Bloom Wholesale Flower Market in Boise, Idaho.

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Flower Care & Conditioning

Asclepias Flowers

Asclepia is a beautiful, flat-topped orange or yellow flower. They make an exquisite filler flower, and will bring vibrancy to your monochromatic or bohemian flower arrangements.

Care & Conditioning:

  • Always cut the stems at a sharp angle, this allows water to be absorbed more efficiently without resting flush against the bottom of the container.
  • Use a preservative that has an anti-ethylene agent.
  • These flowers can exude latex from the stem – if present this will block the flow of water. Put in warm to hot water for a few seconds minutes to stop the flow of sap.
  • Clean up any leaves or flowers that might sit in the water to avoid bacteria build up.
  • The water temperature should be comfortably warm, cold water should be avoided as flowers cannot readily absorb it and water that is too hot can shock the flower.
  • Change the water every couple days (or whenever the water appears cloudy) with a fresh cut and stem clean up to help with absorption.
  • Pinch or trim off spent blossoms and leaves to encourage other blossoms to open and increase the longevity of the flowers. Leaving the dying blossoms on takes energy from the rest of the flower, which can slow or stop the blooming of the rest of the flower.
  • If sap is present prior to arranging, burning the ends of the stem has been known to be helpful for water absorption.
  • These flowers will wilt quickly when out of water.
  • Flowers can be stored at 39 to 43 degrees F and will last 3 to 5 days.
  • These are sensitive to ethylene.
  • Casey Wagner

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Flower Care & Conditioning

Alpinia Ginger Flowers

These cone-like, cylindrical flowers have numerous overlapping bracts. You can use the leaves as well as the flowers in tropical designs. Vase life is very good – 10 to 14 days with certain types good for up to 21 days. The flowers and greenery will have a strong ginger aroma.

Care & Conditioning:

  • Alpinia needs to be cut and placed in water with a floral preservative.
  • Hydrate any wilted flowers in an acidic solution for 1-2 hours, or submerge them in clean water at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Do not store below 50 degrees F or cold damage will result.
  • These can be stored for 4 to 5 days at 59 degrees F with humidity at about 90-90%.
  • Misting once a day may help to extend the life of these cut flowers.
  • Casey Wagner

How to care for cut poppies 0

Flower Care & Conditioning

Papaver aka Poppy Flowers

Poppies have slender, leafless somewhat fuzzy stems. The flowers are cup shaped and have a tissue paper texture. Poppies are beautiful cut flowers, but can have a poor vase life even when treated delicately. Follow these care instructions to learn how to care for your freshly cut poppy flowers.

Care & Conditioning:

  • Prepare your containers – make sure they’re disinfected and filled with clean fresh water. Use a preservative that contains a bactericide and a carbohydrate to help the flowers open.
  • Cut the stems at a sharp angle and immediately dip them in boiling water for 5 seconds.
  • Poppies excrete latex that helps to protect the flowers. By sealing the stems with the boiling water you will prevent the flowers from wilting prematurely.
  • After sealing the stems place directly into 70-degree F water with a citric acid solution for 2-3 hours.
  • Then place in a preservative that contains a bactericide but NO sugar.
  • Keep flowers in a cool (36-41 degrees F), dark place to prevent buds from opening.
  • If the buds arrive tightly closed store at room temperature (70 to 74 degrees F) to help the flowers open.

  • Casey Wagner

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Flower Care & Conditioning

Antirrhinum Snapdragon Flowers

Antirrhinum Snapdragon Flowers can be found in almost every garden across the country. The flowers come in a variety of colors and the length of the flowers makes an ideal choice when adding height to your English garden centerpieces. Snapdragons originated in the Mediterranean and have similar requirements to delphinium and larkspur.

Care & Conditioning:

  • Prepare your containers – make sure they’re disinfected and filled with clean fresh water. When conditioning snapdragon flowers – make sure to use a preservative with an anti-ethylene agent and a sugar.
  • The sugar will help the buds blossom.
  • Do not store below 32 degrees F or you will see chill damage occur.
  • Always keep these flowers in bright light to prevent bending.
  • Break the tips off in an arrangement to prevent bending.
  • These can be stored if necessary for about 2 to 3 days at 39-43 degrees F with a relative humidity level of 75-85%.
  • Casey Wagner

Caring for Anthurium Flowers 0

Flower Care & Conditioning

Anthurium Flowers

When you receive your wholesale Anthurium flowers - carefully remove them from the box to avoid damaging them.

Care & Conditioning:

  • Anthurium need to be rehydrated upon arrival.
  • Immerse the entire flower upside down in room temperature water (70-75 degrees) for 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Once complete, recut your anthurium stems at an angle and immediately place in clean, fresh water.
  • There is no need to use preservatives, as these flowers will last a long time.
  • Do not refrigerate or keep in an area where the temperature will be below 50 degrees. The flowers will blacken if they get too cold.
  • For potted plants - display in bright light but NOT direct sunlight. They require high humidity so mist regularly, but avoid spraying the flowers directly.
  • Casey Wagner
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