** Care & Handling of dry packed roses. **
Now the roses are ready for further processing and arranging for sales.
Additional tips and comments:
** Care & Handling of Tulips. **
Tulips arrive looking soft or limp; freshen them with a hydration treatment. Avoid bending of the "necks" by leaving the necks wrapped in plastic or paper during processing. Before placing tulips with daffodils, which secrete a sap that clogs other flowers' stems, condition daffodils in water for a day and do not recut them.
** Care & Handling of Iris. **
It is better to store Irises wet than dry. Iris is ethylene-sensitive. Avoid ethylene sources. If you mix Iris with Daffodils in arrangements, first treat Daffodils properly. Soak floral foam in flower food solution before design work.
** Care & Handling of Daffodils. **
Daffodils are ethylene-sensitive. Avoid ethylene sources. Daffodils secrete a stem-clogging sap that can damage other flowers if not properly handled. Wait at least six hours before mixing with other flowers: do NOT re-cut them; the sap will be released again.
** Care & Handling of Anemones. **
Store them vertically in plenty of water with heads bent toward the light. Do not arrange them with Daffodils unless Daffodils have been treated properly.
** Care & Handling of Ranunculus. **
To prevent bending, store flowers upright. Ranunculus is also ethylene sensitive.
** Care & Handling of Chrysanthemums. **
Try to condition them overnight in the cooler before using them in design work.
** Care & Handling of Lilies. **
Avoid ethylene sources. To prevent pollen from staining petals (and clothing!!) remove anthers. Handle carefully, as open flowers crease easily. The top bloom usually normally does not open.
** Care & Handling of Lily of the Valley. **
Upon arrival, place the stems in water and refrigerate them immediately. "Convallaria" likes fresh water and they drink a lot; they always require refrigeration to maintain freshness.
When working with Lily of the Valley, take great care not to break the stems. Try the following conditioning method: submerge the whole blossom, including the stem in water for at least one hour. Then put the flower in the refrigerator to crisp up for four to six hours. To condition Lily of the Valley just before using it in bridal bouquets, hang it upside down in the refrigerator for an hour. Water then suffuses and strengthens the top bud, which otherwise may get limp.
** Care & Handling of Stephanotis. **
On receipt, open shipping carton and inspect for any bruised or damaged blossoms. Discard these and handle usable ones with care to avoid bruising. Replace flowers in the packing material and carton, mist with water and refrigerate at 40ï¿½ for up to a week.
** Care & Handling of Dendrobium. **
To retain the Dendrobium radiance for up to two weeks, follow these helpful hints:
Dendrobiums are slightly sensitive to ethylene. To avoid ethylene buildup, you'll want to ensure adequate ventilation and sanitary conditions. These tropical treasures will stay their loveliest when held in water at 50ï¿½ - 55ï¿½F. Holding Dendrobiums for more than a week at temperatures below 45ï¿½F can cause blooms to discolor or drop.
** Care & Handling of Orchids. **
Temperature-sensitive; store at 50ï¿½ - 55ï¿½F. With the exception of Cypripediums, these Orchids should be stored with the stem secured in a water tube filled with sufficient supply of preservative solution. Avoid getting water on the petals, as this can cause spotting. Store in the shipping carton or upright in a rack, taking care not to bruise them or allow them to run against rough surfaces or other flowers. Shredded paper is useful to support and protect Orchids. Orchids are ethylene sensitive and should be stored away from sources of ethylene.
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