One way we show appreciation and celebrate motherhood is by giving flowers. If you’re unfamiliar with the language of flowers it may be difficult to choose the right type considering the many varieties and colors that are out there. The following is a small list of popular Mother’s Day flowers and their meanings to help you narrow down your choices.

CARNATIONS

Symbolizes pride and beauty. A red carnation symbolizes love, pride and admiration; pink carnations symbolizes love of a mother.

LILIES

Although white lilies are associated with funerals, there are many other types lilies to pick from. Calla lilies signify beauty and Day lilies are the Chinese symbol for motherhood.

ORCHIDS

Orchids are exotic plants the symbolize refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm. They also symbolize proud and glorious femininity.

ROSES

Roses of various colors convey a number of different meanings. A bouquet of mature rose blooms sends a message of gratitude; white roses signify virtue, purity, and reverence. A rose symbolizes grace in a medium pink hue, gratitude in a dark pink color, and youthful joy in light pink.

SUNFLOWERS & GERBERA DAISIES

These bright and cheerful flowers send a message of adoration and respect. Similarly gerbera daisies have a joyful look in their myriad colors. Daisies are traditionally a symbol of beauty, and gerbera daisies also signify cheerfulness and playfulness.

TULIPS

The general message of tulips is love. More specifically, pink tulips signify caring and red tulips suggest true love. Yellow tulips, as might be guessed from their appearance, bring a message of cheerful thoughts.

VIOLETS

Violets signify faithfulness and devotion. The gift of a violet plant can provide a lasting reminder of your appreciation for a mother’s devotion.


There are numerous factors that play into determining the duration of flower vase life. Such factors involve the genetic lifespan, growing conditions and post-harvest conditions of the flowers.

GENETIC LIFESPAN

Flower development and it’s duration, in connection with climatic conditions and other factors, are different for each flower type. The seed growers determine what the expectations are regarding lifespan after harvest and of course any deviations from the optimum care will lead to a short vase life for the consumer.

GROWING CONDITIONS

Growing conditions, such as light, temperature, relative humidity, fertilization and crop protection have a marked effect on the post-harvest quality of the flower, such as length, shape, color and deviation of stem and flower. These factors, however, do not affect the genetic lifespan expectations.

POST-HARVEST CONDITIONS

  • Temperature and humidity in particular, determine whether the cut flower will be delivered to the consumer in good condition after the harvest. Higher temperatures promote flower development. Humidity plays an indirect role in the condensation process during multiple and temperature fluctuations and promotes the growth of the fungus Botrytis.
  • Lack of hygiene promotes the development of micro-organisms, which can cause water to become turbid and smelly.
  • Cut flowers come from all corners of the globe and they are shipped across huge distances. Climate control, good packaging, post-harvest treatment and speed are very important for quality conservation.  We must assume that each distribution day diminishes the vase life to some degree.
  • Using the most suitable post-harvest treatment for each flower type is one of the measures needed to get the flowers through the distribution chain intact. Essentially, these products replace the mother plant and all the required raw materials that make the natural development of the stem, leaf, and flower possible, as if they were still on the intact plant.