In all cases, it is recommended to remove a wilted flower, whether this wilting happens during the sale or at the home of the customer. Wilted flowers can infect other flowers in a bouquet, if, for example, the wilting is related to Botrytis. But early wilting because of a shorter lifespan of a flower in a mixed bouquet can also contaminate the vase water. Do not forget that cut flowers with a moderate natural lifespan often require extra post-harvest care.

During the sale, wilted flowers must certainly be removed from the container vase. The same applies to bouquets in buckets and also to bouquets in a sales display. Don’t forget that only a few bad bouquets in a display 95% full of beautiful flowers can bring the quality of the entire display down to a mediocre level.

TIPS:

  • Always provide post-harvest treatments that have been developed for the various flowers in all phases of the distribution
  • Excellent care provides the best guarantee for a natural course of the vase life and therefore for happy customers
  • Good care decreases the amount of waste, which leads to more profit

 


Easter without a lily is still Easter!

Cats and lilies don’t mix! Different species of Lilium or Hemerocallis families are deadly poisonous to cats. Even a curious leaf nibble or a taste of the pollen can send Felix into renal failure.

List of Dangerous Lilies for Cats:

Which types are deadly? Lily longiflorum (Easter lilies), Asiatic varieties, Oriental varieties like ‘Star Gazer’, Lily of the Valley, garden Day lilies (Hemerocallis), wood lilies. Where cats live, NO lilies.

Safe Lilies for Cats:

Benign lilies include the Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies; these contain insoluble oxalate crystals that cause minor signs such as tissue irritation to the mouth, tongue, pharynx, and esophagus.

For More information: http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/lilies/


Botrytis cinerea also known as grey mold is a fungus that thrives on both living and dead plant materials. It starts off as a little white speck or “pock” on the flower petals and spreads right to the bottom of the flower. Gradually it changes its color to brown and finally all the petals fall off.

Infection and Spreading

The infection starts with miniscule mold spores spread through the air. In order to move, these spores need moisture. Condensation on the bud/flower and packaging, which appears because of temperature changes, is often enough for the Botrytis spores to quickly develop from little white “pocks” to brown spots. Once shifted from the “pock stage” into brown spots, the process is irreversable. The infected flower petals are often removed by hand. This, however does not guarantee that the fungal infection has not already damaged the rest of the petals. Throwing the flower away then becomes the only remedy to prevent further infection.

Hygiene and Tips

  • Remove dead plant material from greenhouses, sorting areas, floral arranging areas and cold stores as much as possible
  • Clean and disinfect tables, shears and knives on a daily basis
  • Remove infected plant material immediately from batches
  • Remember that hygiene plays an important role in preventing Botrytis
  • Infection often appears early on in the chain; when purchasing, pay special attention to “pocks”
  • Keep door of cold stores closed as much as possible because of temperature changes which can cause long-term condensation on the flowers/packaging materials.
  • Pull down the packaging materials or completely remove them so uncovered buds and flowers will stay dry