Over 800 wholesalers, suppliers and industry leaders gathered on October 24 through 26 at the Doral Resort in Miami for Wf&Fsa annual Floral Distribution Conference. Here are some pictures of the amazing events & flowers.

Nets and cups on gerberas, chrysanthemums, callas, sunflowers and roses serve to protect flowers during production and transport.

Bruising and creasing on petals diminishes commercial value as well as predisposing damaged tissues for Botrytis infection.

Take care when pulling stems out of flats. Scraping off bark as stem rubs against cardboard damages the sensitive area directly below bloom and predisposes flowers to Botrytis infection. Scraped stems are perfect entry portals for bacteria, too

Rose growers place nets on blooms during production to increase head size and reduce absorption of UV light that leads to petal blackening in some red varieties.

Netting allows blooms extra time on the bush—important since maximum bud height is achieved in the
final days before harvest. This is also the point at which energy generated in the photosynthetic process causes petal texture to become robust (almost thick) as tissues fill with carbohydrates.

Nets / cups on or off??
There are two reasons to remove nets and cups during processing:
1. Simple aesthetics. Netted blooms look weird on display. Any one in the food industry knows the hair net goes on as you clock in for a shift, NOT as catch the bus. Nets hide the beauty (and size) of blooms and make the display appear less than terrific.

2. Equally important reason to remove nets and cups is to allow condensation to evaporate from petal surface. Even a micro-film of condensation is sufficient for Botrytis spores to start germinating, so it makes sense to let the flowers dry out.

Develop and Post Cleaning Schedules:

1. Buckets—Every time you dump out old water. Don’t forget the outside for clean stacking

2. Fill spray bottles Chrysal Cleaner. Spritz surfaces 2-3 times daily. No need to dry. Solution provide residual effect

3. Set-up a dip jar with ready-to-use Chrysal cleaner. Dip knives & cutters throughout day.
same concept as comb jars in hair salons—flowers last longer if cut with clean tools

4. Floor–Make sure to get out bits of green trash hiding in corners. Mop 1-2x per wk

5. Trash cans. Empty daily. Keep covered if possible (Botrytis spores are air-borne)

6. Display shelves–Sweep off green bits daily. Sanitize with Chrysal Cleaner 2–3 x week

7. Cooler-Keep cooler floors dry: Clean floors and shelves 1-2 x month

8. Keep coolers free of all food items and empty buckets

Perfection® guarantees a vase life of 12 days for its products under normal conditions. This guarantee is due to the use of the Chrysal treatments and conditioners for pre and post-harvest. We are pleased to reveal the recent alliance of Perfection® with Chrysal, as the addition of Chrysal concepts has further enhanced the Perfection products and increased the sustainability of the flowers for consumers. The alliance combines Quality flowers and Quality Care and Handling Solutions for the floral consumers!

The results speak for themselves, featuring ideal stem width, bloom quantity, foliage quality, increased lifespan etc., nothing short of a perfect flower.

Below are the beautiful flowers at FlorEcuador-AgriFlor 2012