Best solution for maximizing vase longevity of Kitayama Brothers stemmed gardenias
Have you seen the latest innovation from Kitayama Brothers? Stemmed gardenias! These beauties are 10 stem bunches of pendulous, fragrant buds, cut at various opening stages from quite green to 1/3 open. Stems are 8-10 inches long with plenty of glossy foliage. Gardenia blooms slowly whorl open which means the flowers open asymmetrically. The flowers and foliage hydrate perfectly—no indication of foliage problems with yellowing or disease. I held the bunches at 34F for several days, but was careful to avoid any blowing air.
The goal was to determine which solutions gave best results in both flower opening and longevity. Comparing several hydration formulas and flower foods, I achieved best results using Chrysal Professional #1 as the first hydrating drink at 34F (representing grower and wholesaler handling) and transferring stems into Professional #2 low sugar flower food after 3 days at 34F. (Pro #2 represents wholesale/retail handling). And finally vases held at ambient temperature to represent consumer stage. Average vase life was 9 days.
Always wear plastic gloves to avoid touching petals. Oils in our skin cause petals to discolor.
Avoid cold blowing air. Recommend storing exposed bunches in tropical coolers at 50F.
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Article by Gayle Smith, Technical Manager for Chrysal Americas
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